A New World-Class ‘Greenfield’ International Airport For Trivandrum?

A New World-Class 'Greenfield' International Airport For Trivandrum?

The government has identified Parassala on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, Navaikulam on the border of Trivandrum and Kollam districts, both on the side of the NH-66, and Kattakada as the site for the proposed Greenfield Airport.

In the wake of the resistance by the locals to land acquisition for the expansion of Trivandrum International Airport, the state government has decided to go for a new Greenfield world-class airport on the suburbs of the capital.

The government has identified Parassala on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, Navaikulam on the border of Trivandrum and Kollam districts, both on the side of the NH-66, and Kattakada as the site for the proposed Greenfield Airport.

Scouting for the site of the new airport was commenced as a war-footing basis. It is estimated that the new airport will need around 800 hectares of land for its construction.

It is estimated that the new airport will need around 800 hectares of land for its construction.

The off-city airport concept, in view of the hurdles faced by the flyers, operating airlines, AAI, businessmen, and the high price demanded by the landowners has been mooted by Trivandrum Agenda Task Force and Trivandrum Chamber of Commerce and Industry at a meeting attended by chairman of AAI Guruprasad Mohapatra in the capital last week.

It has been observed that acquisition of 32.8 hectares of land as envisaged in the master plan of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) in the 1990s proved to be a difficult task due to high population density in the area.

Acquisition of 32.8 hectares of land as envisaged in the master plan of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) in the 1990s proved to be a difficult task.

Although the AAI has to take a call on the sites and carry out feasibility studies after the government’s nod, the odds are in favour of Parassala. The proximity towards upcoming Vizhinjam international deepwater seaport, four-lane road, light metro connectivity up to Neyattinkara and accessibility to those in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu are the factors.

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