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Shillong airport being expanded: Minister

By The Assam Tribune

SHILLONG, June 4 � The process of acquisition of land for expansion of the Umroi Airport on the outskirts here is under progress, Meghalaya Transport Minister A T Mondal said.

Around 34 acres of land was required for the purpose, the Minister said that though the villagers were initially reluctant to part with their land, they have now agreed to it against suitable compensation by the government.

�Recently I held a meeting with the villagers and they have agreed. The deputy commissioner was directed to initiate land acquisition proceedings under the Land Acquisition Act, 1984, and it is expected to be completed shortly,� he said in reply to a question by James Sangma of the Opposition yesterday.

Chief minister Mukul Sangma intervened to point out that though it had been difficult to prevail upon the villagers to part with land, a breakthrough has now been made in this regard due to initiatives taken by the Transport Minister.

He also informed the House that the Central Government had provided over Rs 20 crore during 2007-08 and Rs 30 crore in 2009-10 for acquisition of land for the airport.

With expansion plans on the anvil the Airport Authority of India has sought for another 200 acres of land to facilitate daily Boeing service. � PTI

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Shillong airport being expanded: Minister

SHILLONG, June 4 � The process of acquisition of land for expansion of the Umroi Airport on the outskirts here is under progress, Meghalaya Transport Minister A T Mondal said.

Around 34 acres of land was required for the purpose, the Minister said that though the villagers were initially reluctant to part with their land, they have now agreed to it against suitable compensation by the government.

�Recently I held a meeting with the villagers and they have agreed. The deputy commissioner was directed to initiate land acquisition proceedings under the Land Acquisition Act, 1984, and it is expected to be completed shortly,� he said in reply to a question by James Sangma of the Opposition yesterday.

Chief minister Mukul Sangma intervened to point out that though it had been difficult to prevail upon the villagers to part with land, a breakthrough has now been made in this regard due to initiatives taken by the Transport Minister.

He also informed the House that the Central Government had provided over Rs 20 crore during 2007-08 and Rs 30 crore in 2009-10 for acquisition of land for the airport.

With expansion plans on the anvil the Airport Authority of India has sought for another 200 acres of land to facilitate daily Boeing service. � PTI