MP Shankar Lalwani arrived at the Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport on Saturday to take stock of the security arrangements
MP Shankar Lalwani arrived at the Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport on Saturday to take stock of the security arrangements

Indore: MP Shankar Lalwani arrived at the Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport on Saturday to take stock of the security arrangements. As per the Lalwani, the airport will be expanded soon, as the environment minister has finally given the NOC for 20.8 acres of land for the airport. Now an alternative route to visit Bijasan will be built soon. With this, Ujjain Road will be connected to Dhar Road.

MP Lalwani said that he wished that the airport should be made safer, better, and with international standards. In case of any untoward incident, fire brigade, ambulance and police should be provided from the main road to reach the runway. That is why the MPs, along with the officials, walked on the mud path and reached the emergency gate of the airport. The MP said that in the last several meetings, the subject of approach road was raised to reach the runway in case of emergency and they we are trying our best for it.

Alternative route work completed 90 percent

Precaution is being taken after the plane crash in Kozhikode, Kerala. Lalwani instructed the authorities to expedite these works. The MP said that in the past, he had met Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and demanded to give NOC for expansion of Indore Airport and got NOC within a week. "Land is being acquired for the expansion of the airport, including the road leading from the airport to Bijasan. The work of alternate route for this has been completed 90 percent and the remaining work will be completed soon. The connecting road between Ujjain Road to Dhar Road is also going to start," said Lalwani.

This is how the land was found

It is worth noting that the Madhya Pradesh government had won this land from Usha Raje Trust by fighting a case in the Supreme Court almost three years ago. Later, the airport management had asked for this land from the state government. In 2018, the state government allotted 20.8 acres of land situated below the Bijasan temple Tekri to the airport. At the same time an amount of Rs 1.43 crore was also allocated by the Forest Department for compensation for the removal of trees on this land. However, the matter got stuck in the Ministry of Environment.

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