The Airports Authority of India has indicated to the state government that 1,140 acres of land is needed for the airport at the existing premises. While it has 700 acres of land, an additional 250 acres of land will be needed. AAI is getting soil testing done at the two identified villages to see if that land will be suitable.
On Monday, AAI officials, Panchayati raj minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao, government chief whip Vinay Bhaskar, MLAs Aroori Ramesh and Challa Dharma Reddy visited the Mamnoor airport site. Recently IT and municipal administration minister KT Rama Rao met union civil aviation minister Harpeet Singh to take up the six proposed airports in Telangana and particularly the Mamnoor airport which already has an air strip. Following the meeting, a team came to Mamnoor on August 29.
As there is a prospect that the land in the villages of Nakkalapalli and Gadepalle will have to be acquired, Dayakar Rao said 200 acres would be acquired and farmers will be compensated. “The farmers will be given land at an alternative place or will be compensated financially,” the minister said. An R&B road will also be affected because of the acquisition and this would be about 50 acre of land. “Whatever land is needed by the AAI for the airport, it will be given by the state government,” he said.
The Mamnoor airport has a history as it was constructed in the year 1930 itself to serve the needs of Sirpur Kagazhnagar paper mill. The airport was in use till 1980 with prime ministers and VVIPs landing there. The minister pointed out that during the Indo-China war, as the Delhi airport was seen as a target that could be attacked, the IAF used the Mamnoor airport.