Thursday, April 20, 2017

AAI team inspects runways in three towns

Ranchi: A team of Airport Authority of India (AAI) on Wednesday gave thumbs-up for starting of air services from the abandoned World War II runaway in Chakulia and Dhalbhumgarh in Ghatshila sub-division, about 70-kms from Jamshedpur.

State civil aviation director (operation), Col SP Sinha said this evening at Sonari Airport said that the team from AAI is on a visit to different airstrips in the State as part of a MoU between State Government and AAI for developing sites to be connected under Regional Connectivity Scheme of the Union government.

“Today’s visit was fruitful as there are chances to develop the area. The visit is in view of the chief minister Raghubar Das talks with the Union government for exploring feasibility of connecting more cities under Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS). The team has already visited Bokaro yesterday.The team gave positive signals after visiting the airstrip at Chakulia and Dhalbhumgarh and termed it fit for being developed as a bigger airport,” said Col Sinha.

The five-member AAI team comprising Ganapati Das (DGM operations), Sudesh Sharma (DGM AAI), Santanu Pannikar, Neeraj Gupta and Ganesh Sharma (all senior managers) will submit feasibility report based on survey of the airstrips to the State Government with suggestions about shortcoming which the state civil aviation department will try to rectify and then submit proposal to the Central Government.

While, World War II era abandoned airfield in Chakulia, barely 70 km from Jamshedpur, built by the British in the 1940s at an estimated cost of Rs 3 crore, and later used extensively during the 1962 war with China and the 1971 war with Pakistan for the liberation of Bangladesh is spread across an area of 515.44 acres.
20/04/17 Parvinder Bhatia/Pioneer