Oct 2018 dead­line for Alld civil air­port ter­mi­nal in­au­gu­ra­tion

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - UTTARPRADESH - K San­deep Ku­mar n ksandeep.ku­mar@live­hin­dus­tan.com

AL­LA­HABAD: Eager to im­prove in­tra-state air-con­nec­tiv­ity, the Yogi Adityanath gov­ern­ment has set the dead­line of Oc­to­ber 2018 for in­au­gu­rat­ing the pro­posed new Al­la­habad civil air­port ter­mi­nal.

It has also de­cided on De­cem­ber 2017 as the dead­line for lay­ing the foun­da­tion stone of the pro­posed Agra and Kanpur civil ter­mi­nals.

The dead­lines were de­cided upon dur­ing a re­cent re­view meet­ing chaired by the chief sec­re­tary in the state cap­i­tal and at­tended by all top of­fi­cials con­cerned.

In Al­la­habad, the land for the civil en­clave has been se­lected near the Al­la­habad-Kaushambi bor­der. As soon as the land is made avail­able, the Air­port Author­ity of In­dia will be­gin the task of con­struct­ing the civil en­clave.

Its in­au­gu­ra­tion by Oc­to­ber 2018 has spe­cially been planned keep­ing in view the once-in-sixyears Ardh Kumbh Mela set to be held at Al­la­habad from Jan­uary 2019.

The pro­posed civil en­clave will act like an air­port ter­mi­nal build­ing with fa­cil­i­ties for do­mes­tic flyers. The present air­port has only Air In­dia op­er­at­ing two di­rect flights for Delhi. Other play­ers have now shown in­ter­est.

The min­utes of the meet­ing which were fi­nalised on Septem­ber 14 say the new en­clave is pro­posed to be con­structed on an area of around 30.39 hectares as per a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) inked by the state gov­ern­ment and the Air­ports Author­ity of In­dia (AAI). A sum of Rs 289 crore has al­ready been re­leased to the Al­la­habad district mag­is­trate, a se­nior of­fi­cial of the UP civil avi­a­tion depart­ment said.

It was de­cided at the meet­ing that the DM will es­tab­lish co­or­di­na­tion with all sides con­cerned to make the re­quired land avail­able at the ear­li­est while also re­view­ing the works car­ried out by the AAI in this re­gard.

As for the 7.7 hectare de­fence land re­quired for the civil en­clave, the DM and the AAI di­rec­tor have been em­pow­ered to co­or­di­nate the task, be­sides also hold­ing talks with the Air­lines who have shown in­ter­est in the first bid­dings for the ser­vice as in­vited by the state gov­ern­ment. The civil en­clave is to come up along­side the present air­port, which is oth­er­wise owned by the In­dian Air Force.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, De­cem­ber 2017 was de­cided as the dead­line for lay­ing the foun­da­tion stone of the Agra and Kanpur civil ter­mi­nals. For the 55.29 hectare land for Agra civil ter­mi­nal, the state gov­ern­ment has pro­vided Rs 153.67 crore to the district administration while Rs 82.24 crore have been re­leased to Kanpur DM for the civil ter­mi­nal that is to come up af­ter ac­quir­ing of 50 acre land.

Other ma­jor de­ci­sions in­clude ask­ing the Varanasi DM to eval­u­ate cost of the pro­posed ex­pan­sion of Varanasi air­port for which a need of an ad­di­tional 350 acre land was es­ti­mated and re­quire­ment of Rs 6000 crore claimed ear­lier. The of­fi­cials also de­cided that DMs of Sant Ravi­das Na­gar (Bhadoi), Jaun­pur and Varanasi be asked to ex­plore pos­si­bil­ity and iden­tify land par­al­lel to ex­ist­ing air­port for the pro­posed ex­pan­sion

The Bareilly DM has also been asked to over­see con­struc­tion of a bound­ary wall for the civil en­clave air­port at Bareilly for which 13.395 hectare land has al­ready been ac­quired and handed over to the AAI. The state gov­ern­ment had re­leased Rs 60.89 crore for the land.

THE IN­AU­GU­RA­TION BY OC­TO­BER 2018 HAS SPE­CIALLY BEEN PLANNED KEEP­ING IN VIEW THE ONCE­IN­SIXYEARS ARDH KUMBH MELA SET TO BE HELD AT AL­LA­HABAD FROM JAN­UARY 2019.

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