The Andhra Pradesh cabinet gave its formal nod to Nellore airport at Dagadarthi, putting an end to all th confusion over the location of the airport. The ministry of civil aviation has already given the site clearance for developing the green field no-frills airport. The 368-crore airport to be deeloped by Messer Turbo Consortium will come up in 1,352 acres at Dagadarthi. The cabinet approved allotment of 110 acres in Nellore to Midhani for setting up an aluminum alloy plant.
The cabinet also gave its nod for the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Corridor Development Bill-2017 which will help in development, maintenance, planning and regularization of various nodes under Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor and Chennai-Bengaluru industrial corridor that pass through AP .
The proposed airport at Dagadarthi seem to have been shelved ostensibly due to high cost of lands in the region and not enough cooperation from owners of nearly 168 private lands to be acquired for the project.
There has been intense speculation that resulted in higher land prices at the airport project surroundings. This has made the task of district officials difficult to complete land acquisition and the government decided to take the extreme step.
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Another practical reason for a change in decision seems to be commercial non-viability of the airport project site, being away from the port and many industrial zones that are on the other side of Penna river in the Nellore-Gudur-Naidupeta region.
Consequently, the government machinery is said to be scouting for a new 1200 acre site some where near Krishnapatnam, Sarvepalli and Venkatachalam region.
3,407.77 acres of land under Damavaram, Dagadarthi, Velupodu and Kourugunta villages has been demarcated for the upcoming Nellore Airport and the same is said to be approved by Airports Authority of India. It is expected that the project may be officially launched by Dec 2013.
The stretch of land 6 KM long and 2 KM wide includes about 420 acres patta lands, 526 acres DKT lands, 1120 acres forest lands, 545 acres government lands, 483 acres CJSF lands, 30 acres water tank and 281 acres hilly terrain. Sunnapu Batti village, an irrigation canal, a high tension power line and a straw board factory may have to be relocated to accommodate the airport.
Recently, the Prime Minister’s Office announced that the government has decided to set up 51 new low-cost airports with an aim to give boost to civil aviation sector and increase air connectivity to Tier-II and Tier-III cities. Nellore figures in the list apart from other cities like Vijayawada, Kurnool, Kadapa, Nizamabad, Tirupati, Anantapur and Karimnagar in Andhra Pradesh.
With the panchayat elections already announced and general elections less than a year away, there has been lot of excitement in the air about Nellore Airport. There had been news in the past that the Airport is coming up near Dagadarthi village. However, land acquisition is said to be progressing very slowly.