Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Bareilly may get ‘wings’ by year-end if project work is done’

Bareilly: Sounding optimistic at the pace of the much awaited civil enclave project, district magistrate RV Singh sounded confident that operation of flights would commence by the year- end. He asserted that flight operations could begin with the bare minimum infrastructure which would be upgraded in due time.
“As the airport is already operational under Indian Air Force, we need only a space where flyers can stay for their luggage scanning and to complete other necessary formalities. Construction of a boundary wall is in full swing already. Now, it is up to the Airport Authority of India (AAI) when they start work to construct a passengers’ lounge and VIP lounge over there. Once the structure is erected, from the very next day, commercial flights can take off from Bareilly,” the DM said.
City magistrate UP Singh said once the construction of passengers’ lounge starts, it would take barely two months to complete it.
“Last week, on September 13, special secretary, civil aviation, had visited the Trishul IAF base to take stock for commercial flight operation. Besides, operational manager of Jet Airways has also visited the airport. They were convinced that flights may be started from here as soon as the passengers’ lounge is completed,” the city magistrate said, who was in attendance at Trishul airbase during the visit of the special secretary and Jet Airways officials.
18/09/17 Pankul Sharma/Times of India