Thursday, January 07, 2016

NEC Approaches DoNER Ministry for Umroi Airport

The North East Council (NEC) has approached the DoNER ministry for funds to develop Umroi airport. It is learnt that the airport requires around Rs 190 crore for the expansion of the runway and development of other infrastructures.

The airport has one ATR flight which operates between Shillong and Kolkata and the airport could not be connected to other cities since the infrastructure at the airport is not up to the mark and the present length of the runway is very short for bigger aircraft to land.

The full bench of the Meghalaya High Court recently directed the Meghalaya government to demolish the buildings which are impeding the project of expansion of the airport. “NEC will take up the project if the necessary fund is provided for it and the Council is expecting the DoNER ministry’s response in a couple of weeks time,” an official source said on Tuesday.

It may be mentioned that the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has taken possession of Defence land measuring 31.825 acres for the expansion of Umroi Airport according to the affidavit filed by Sanjay Tyagi, Airport Director, Shillong, as per the last order of the High Court on November 24.
06/01/16 North East Today

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