Monday, May 22, 2017

No end to dilly-dallying approach towards Rs 200 cr Leh airport up-gradation project

Jammu:  The much-needed up-gradation of strategically important Leh airport, one of the world’s highest airfields, has remained victim of lack of coordination between all the concerned agencies and despite lapse of several years nobody is in a position to specify time-frame for start of work on this Rs 200 crore worth project.
Due to non-seriousness on the part of all the stakeholders towards this ambitious project, passengers handling capacity has remained grossly inadequate despite the fact that air travel is the only mode of transport to the region during winter months when Leh remains cut-off from rest of the world due to closure of the highway.
Official sources told EXCELSIOR that the plan about expansion and up-gradation of Leh airport, located at 10,683 feet above the sea level and is considered as one of the world’s highest airfields, was mooted over four years back as the existing passengers handling capacity is grossly inadequate.
It was officially stated at that time that with the expansion/up-gradation project which involves construction of new terminal building and new parking bays at the airport the peak hour passenger capacity will go up to 800 from the current capacity of 250 passengers.
21/05/17 Mohinder Verma/Daily