Obstacles to expanding runways at Tirupati International Airport will be removed: MP
TIRUPATI: Tirupati International Airport expansion works are expected to start while legal issues related to land acquisition are expected to be resolved, said Tirupati MP Dr Maddila Gurumurthy. Runway expansion will be undertaken first, followed by other facilities.
Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Dr Gurumurthy said the government was involved in addressing land acquisition issues. He said Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy took the issues with the Centre.
“During his recent interaction with Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia in New Delhi, the Chief Minister requested the Center to remove roadblocks, especially with regard to land acquisition, to expedite the work related to the expansion of Tirupati and Bhogapuram airports. The Center has assured that it will remove all obstacles,” Dr. Gurumurthy said.
It has been proposed to lengthen the runway at Tirupati airport from 2,285 meters to 3,810 meters to facilitate the landing of large aircraft. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has proposed to lengthen the runway by 240 meters at one end and 1,284 meters at another end.
“Following the CM’s instructions, we held meetings with AAI and Chittoor District Administration officials for a year and worked out procedures to resolve issues. As part of this, we held meetings with a group of farmers who had lodged complaints against the land acquisition,” the YSRC MP said, adding, “All issues will be resolved soon and the process of land acquisition will be accelerated.
The MP said AAI officials informed him that after the completion of the runway expansion, cargo flight services, flight overhaul and engine service center will come to the airport. ‘airport. He recalled that the Center had allocated a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility for the TIA.