Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Govt, AAI in land exchange pact for city airport revamp

Patna: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Bihar government on Tuesday agreed in principle on exchanging 13.5 acres of land for expansion of Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport terminal building. The AAI is to spend Rs850 crore on the new two-storey building with aerobridges.
The 13.5 acres of land to be provided by the state government to the AAI consists of 5 acre of the state hangar and Indian Oil Corporation depot and 6.5 acre owned by the Special Task Force (STF) on the south-western side of the airport. In exchange, the AAI will transfer its 13.5 acre near the Met office in Anisabad area.
Work on the new terminal building is expected to commence in July next year. The AAI will provide the required funds and develop the infrastructure as well. The first block of the new terminal building with the capacity to accommodate 15 lakh passengers per annum will be ready by mid-2019.
“Patna airport is faced with congestion problem. Against the capacity of the existing terminal building to handle 50,000 passengers per annum, the actual passenger traffic stands at 15 lakh per annum. Accordingly, the civil aviation ministry and the state government agreed in principal to exchange 13.5 acres of land for expansion of the terminal building. We plan to start the construction work in July next year and complete the first phase in two years time,” said Choubey.
15/11/16 Piyush Tripathi/Times of India