Monday, June 26, 2017

Upgrading of Srinagar airport delayed due to land unavailability

Srinagar: The upgrading of Srinagar International Airport is reporting no headway as the Airport Authority of India is struggling to identify land required to install the Approach Lighting System .
Officials at the SIA said that they don’t have adequate land for installing the Approach Lighting System (ALS) to make the runway fit to allow landing and takeoff in poor visibility.
“The ALS is an integral part of Instrumental Landing System. The entire process is halted due to the delay in acquiring around 900 meters of land required for the purpose. We only have 300 meters available,” an official said.
In the winter, the SIA witnessed repeated cancellation of flights due to its poor infrastructure.
As per the records, the airport saw cancellation of about 200 flights during a fortnight in January, when smog had engulfed the valley for several weeks.
The existing ILS at the airport allows landing and takeoff only in 200 or 300-meter visibility.
Meanwhile sources said that the AAI has asked the Deputy Commissioner Budgam to file a report about land acquisition in the High Court, which is hearing the case.
“Currently, the case is in the court,” he said.
24/06/17 Bright Kashmir