Wednesday, December 14, 2016

VVIP airport to chronicle aviation history

The high-security Safdarjung Airport may be made partially open to public, with the Centre deciding to build an integrated headquarters for several aviation agencies next to its iconic central dome.
The airport is currently used only for VVIP choppers and small government aircraft.
"A five-storey building will be constructed as the combined headquarters for Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India and Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau. Some space has also been allocated to the Airports Authority of India," said AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra.
On the ground floor of the headquarters, an exhibition hall will be built. It will display art works from Air India's (AI)collection and rare photographs by AAI chronicling the evolution of airports in India. This section is likely to be thrown open to public in the next three years.
"People can take a look at paintings and photographs from the AI and AAI collection respectively," Mohapatra said.
14/12/16 Saurabh Sinha/The Times Of India
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