International airport in Gamharia

International airport in Gamharia stuck over land acquisition tangle

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Jamshedpur : The Rs 400-crore Tata Steel international airport in Gamharia block is stuck over land acquisition  tangle.

The Tata international airport project has already received approval from directorate general of civil aviation, government of India, in February 2012.  

On the basis of a feasibility report for the airport project submitted by the Seraikela-Kharsawan district administration, the state cabinet has also given its nod.  But the project is not making headway due to the hindrance by a section of local villagers.

The protestors, under the banner of Bhumi Rakshya Sangharsh Samity (BRSS) are adamant not to part with their land for the airport project. A BRSS functionary, said that they are opposed to the airport project at their villages as it will jeopardise the life of so many people.

The airport needs 528 acre — 90 per cent being forestland — but the bone of contention is a 50-acre stretch under riyati or private land category, across Shibpur, Mohanpur, Machilikudur, Jagannathpur, Murgaguttu and Salempathar villages.

The Tata international airport project received approval from directorate general of civil aviation, government of India, in February 2012. A month later, a technical feasibility report for the airport was submitted by Seraikela-Kharsawan district administration to then chief minister Arjun Munda. The state cabinet gave its nod on April 3, 2012, which is where the project stopped making headway.

Tata Steel officials have tried to convince settlers to part with land but only four out of the six villages partly agreed.

In 2011, Tata Steel had proposed the eastern corridor, a road decongestion master plan, for safe, uninterrupted and smooth movement of goods and passenger vehicles.

It had optimistically given a two-year deadline. On January 1, 2013, Tata Steel managing director H.M. Nerurkar during the New Year cake-cutting ceremony at Centre of Excellence had promised the project would start this April.

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