Finally, bowing down to the state government’s stance of allocating only 40 acres for the construction of a domestic airport at Adampur, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has agreed to start construction on this land. This was conveyed by AAI officials in a meeting held with Vishwajeet Khanna, Secretary, Civil Aviation, Punjab, on Friday in Chandigarh. While confirming this, BJP state chief Vijay Sampla said, “The AAI will finally begin the construction of an airport on the land chunk to be allocated soon by the state government. Presently, there is no need to expand the existing runway at the site. The AAI will initially construct an airport terminal and a parking bay, for which the land will be sufficient enough.” Sampla, however, said the state government has assured the AAI that it would allocate more land whenever the need arises in the future. He also confirmed that a team of AAI officials would visit Adampur next week to identify the exact site. The land acquisitioning would begin by next week. The Tribune, in a report published on Thursday, had highlighted that the airport project at Adampur, which was initiated by Sampla, was on the verge of abandonment by the BJP due to a deadlock over land between the AAI and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
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