Saturday, July 01, 2017

Space crunch hits Silchar airport

Silchar: Back in 1999, the Silchar airport underwent a major extension to facilitate passengers travelling to and fro from this part of the country. Since then, 18 years have gone by, the airport at Kumbhirgram under Udharbondh constituency is facing serious space crunch.
Ahead of the launch of the first passenger Boeing service in south Assam, slated to begin from July, the Airport Authorities of India (AAI) at the Silchar airport have expressed concerns on the lack of adequate space inside the terminal.

In the words of Nand Kishore Deoli, the airport director, the present terminal is largely insufficient to bear the load of the passengers.

“We have been placing demands before the State Government since 2010 to give us land so that a new terminal with more space can be constructed. The present terminal can barely accommodate 160 passengers whereas when two flights are scheduled within an interval of 30 minutes, the rush escalates to 300 passengers.” Deoli said.

But he was quick to add that, the State Government has nodded in the affirmative to their demand for allocating land for constructing a new terminal.
30/06/17 Assam Tribune