Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Decks cleared for Pantnagar airport expansion

Rudrapur: A 10-member team of experts who visited the Pantnagar airport a couple of days ago has given its consent to the plan to expand the airport, the only one in the Kumaon region. Earlier, a team of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had also conducted a survey of the airport and given its okay. The Pantnagar airport project — to be executed by AAI on 571 acres of land — is expected to cost Rs 600 crore and is slated to be completed within six months, by December this year. The airport will also have an aviation base camp for the Indian armed forces in an area of around 60 acres.
Elaborating on the expansion plans, S K Singh, director, Pantnagar airport, told TOI, “Under AAI's new plan, land acquisition for expansion of the airport will be done in three phases. In the first phase, mutation — the transfer or change of title entry in revenue records of the local municipal corporation — for 252 acres of land in Pocket-B has been done in the name of AAI. The second phase will have mutation done for 303 acres of land in Pocket-C. Under the new plan whose consent was given by the team of experts, a total land area of 571 acres will be acquired from the forest Department, Terai Development Corporation (TDC) and GB Pant University.”
18/07/17 Aakash Ahuja/Times of India