Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Jammu airport handling passengers 3 times its capacity

The Jammu Airport, whose expansion has been delayed for nearly four years, handles passengers three times its capacity, an official said today.

"It was informed that the existing Airport has been handling passengers three times its envisaged capacity of three lakh passengers a year," an official spokesman said.

The fact came to light at a high-level meeting chaired by Governor N N Vohra at Jammu Airport yesterday to review issues that resulted in delays in the implementation of the expansion project.

The Governor along with Chief Secretary, Financial Commissioner (Civil Aviation) and Divisional Commissioner also undertook an aerial survery of the airport area.

A number of meetings have been held in four years to resolve various bottlenecks but the work to extend the runway has not commenced so far, the spokesman said.

The proposed expansion of Jammu Airport envisages extending the existing runway's length of 6,700 ft to 8,000 ft towards River Tawi so that all types of aircraft could operate with full capacity, he said.

The Governor gave specific directions to the heads of agencies concerned after noting that continued delay may result in avoidable accidents, he said.

The existing 33 KV line shall be shifted within the next 60 days by the power development department, and the work to shift 22 towers of 132 KV line by constructing 28 towers on the new alignment shall be completed by March 31, 2017, spokesman said.
09/03/16 PTI
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