Karipur airport development: Expert committee recommends Rs 5 lakh for each cent of land acquired

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Pallikkal: The expert committee responsible for evaluating the social impact study conducted for the acquisition of land for the development of the Runway End Safety Area (RESA) at Kozhikode Airport has submitted its final report. The committee, headed by Dr. M. Usman, handed over the report to PR Premkumar, the district collector.

The committee's recommendations include providing compensation of at least Rs 5 lakh for each cent of land acquired and implementing a timely and comprehensive rehabilitation package for those who have lost their homes.

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The proposed land acquisition is aimed at obtaining 14.5 acres of land from Pallikkal and Nediyiruppu villages in Kondotty taluk for RESA development. The social impact study report was conducted by the Center for Management Development in Thiruvananthapuram, and the committee carefully examined the findings before preparing the final report.

To gather valuable insights, the committee conducted meetings at the Pallikkal panchayat office and Kondotty municipal council hall, as well as thorough on-site inspections. The opinions and suggestions of Airport Advisory Committee Chairman M.P. Abdussamad Samadani, MP, MLAs P. Abdul Hameed, T.V. Ibrahim, Pallikkal panchayat president C. Muhammadali, and other people's representatives were considered during the committee's proceedings.

Dr. M. Usman, the chairman of the committee, is a prominent socio-economic scientist and higher education expert, serving as the principal of MIC college. The committee also included former ADM Balakrishna Kurup, former RDO K. Narayanankutty, and Dr. R. Sajan from Manjeri NSS College, who actively participated in the study.

Additional Recommendations:
• Compensation should be provided based on the rates specified by the Central Public Works Department, regardless of the depreciation of houses and buildings
• Each affected individual should receive a relief amount of at least Rs 10 lakh
• The four and a half acres of land near the Kodangad-Chirayil Chungam road, previously acquired for airport purposes, should be utilised for rehabilitation
• Individuals who need to vacate their houses should be granted reasonable house rent until new housing is constructed
• Immediate implementation of a reparation package, including granting titles for lands

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