Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Airport gets bigger wingspan

Decks have been cleared for the Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport's expansion after the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Bihar government sealed an agreement on Tuesday.

Later in the day, the state cabinet approved the cabinet secretariat department's proposal to hand over 11.5 acres of land to AAI for the expansion work.

The cabinet also decided to hand over 108 acres of land at Bihta to AAI for construction of another airport to deal with the rise in passenger inflow, principal secretary, cabinet co-ordination department, Brajesh Mehrotra said.

"With the state government and Indian Air Force's cooperation, we have found a solution to the problem of congestion at Patna airport," secretary, ministry of civil aviations, R. N. Choubey said,

Under the land swap agreement, the state government will provide 11.5 acres of land near Patna airport to AAI in lieu of equal measure of land to be given by AAI to the Bihar government elsewhere.
16/11/16 Nishant Sinha & Ramashankar/Telegraph