No Plans to Reduce the Length of the Runway at Calicut International Airport: Scindia
In a reply given in Lok Sabha, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia assured that there is no plan to shorten the length of the tabletop runway of Calicut International Airport to expand the Runway End Safety Area (RESA), to resume the operations of wide-bodied aircraft at the airport. Minister was answering the queries raised by M. K. Raghavan, an MP from Calicut, who is also the co-Chairman of the Calicut Airport Advisory Committee. Against the response, MP M.K. Raghavan blamed the Minister for giving an incorrect answer and misleading the House, on the grounds that the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had previously chalked out a plan to reduce the length of the runway in this regard. He also brought the AAI directive as evidence to support his claim. Following an intervention by the Lok Sabha Speaker, Minister and MP withdrew their talks and later met again in the presence of V. Muraleedharan, the Union Minister of State for External Affairs, to clarify the issue. Scindia assured the MP and Muraleedharan that no steps would be taken to reduce the runway length.
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