Saturday, April 28, 2018

Bokaro to get wings in June

Dhanbad: Bokaro can expect regular commercial flights from June, thanks to the April 24 MoU between Airports Authority of India and SAIL under the regional connectivity scheme.

Airport owners Bokaro Steel sources said the air traffic control (ATC) at the airport needs upgradation as the existing ATC is equipped only to handle occasional chartered flights. Apart from this, security, lighting and other facilities need to be stepped up for regular commercial flights. Service will start once these facilities are in place, the sources said.

Speaking to this correspondent on Thursday, Bokaro deputy commissioner Mritunjay Kumar Baranwal said the district administration will extend all help to the AAI for the timely launch of the service.
Baranwall further said, given the existing condition at the airport, the service would start with small 42-seater aircraft.

"The existing runway length of around 5,200 feet is adequate for small 42-seater aircrafts. Larger aircrafts require a runway of more than 6,000 feet. We have to clear encroachments near Dundibad Bazar and surrounding areas but not immediately," the DC said.

Bokaro MLA, Biranchi Narayan also confirmed that small 42-seater aircrafts would start flying to Patna and Calcutta while expansion of the runway would be done in the future.

Notably, the Bokaro airstrip has been selected by the government for development under the Phase II of Regional Connectivity scheme or Udan under which several unserved and underserved airports have been taken up for development.
28/04/18 Telegraph