Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Nagarjunasagar airstrip not on UDAN radar

Guntur: Despite PM Narendra Modi’s thrust to aviation industry with his UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik) scheme aimed at letting common citizen of the country fly, the ground reality at Nagarjunasagar airstrip presents a different picture.

A feasibility report prepared by Airports Authority of India officials on the Sagar airport was submitted one-and-a-half year ago to the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The Ministry included the airport in the priority list to be developed along with the other airports in the country. Nearly 1,000 acres of land is available for the development of the airstrip. After that there is no development.

The airport, it is said, was constructed in 1955 on 97 acres for the convenience of then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to visit Nagarjunasagar at the time of its construction. Nehru made several trips to the dam site.

Gannavaram Airport Director G Madhusudhana Rao said, "There is no progress in Nagarjunasagar airstrip development for the last twenty months despite the government having a proposal to develop it."  

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, during his election campaign, promised to develop the airstrip. His assurance is not translated into action so far. If the Sagar airstrip is developed, it will boost tourism.
17/05/17  V L Syamsundar/Hans India