No more extension of Andaman Airport at present

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Port Blair, Jan 11 (UNI) Providing relief to thousands of islanders living around the Port Blair airport, the District Administration of South Andaman today said for now there will not be any further extension of the Port Blair International Airport.

''I think the Airport Authority of India (AAI) have enough space and there is no need for allotting more land to them,'' K S Singh, the Deputy Commissioner or South Andaman District, told UNI here.

Mr Singh said though the AAI had demanded more land around the Port Blair Airport, the agency had been advised by the Andaman and Nicobar Administration to have a relook on its plan considering the ground realities.

Rubbishing rumours regarding survey of land adjacent to the airport by outside agencies, Mr Singh said, ''No such things are in the knowledge of South Andaman District Administration and if there is any survey, that has nothing to do with the airport extension.'' The Deputy Commissioner, however, said a small chunk of land (near Naya Gaon and Bahadur Line) will be given to the AAI for the setting up of hi-tech equipment, useful for landing of aircraft.

''For that, work is already going on,'' he said.

However, the DC office staff accepted that a large number of complaints had been received from the people of School Line and Pahargaon area of South Andaman that people from some unknown agency were chopping down plantations in those areas, without any intimation and official orders.

''We haven't hired any such agency. If any agency is cutting down plantations they must have official permission and if they fail to show that people must lodge police complaint,'' Mr Singh said.

The Deputy Commissioner had also directed the concerned Tehsildar to find out the truth and take legal action against those unknown people, if necessary.

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