Sunday, June 25, 2017

Pantnagar airport to be expanded, modernise

Pantnagar: The only airport in Kumaon region at Pantnagar will soon be expanded and modernised to improve connectivity by increasing flight frequency to various destinations across the country.
The project — to be executed by the Airport Authority of India (AAI) — will come up at an approximate cost of Rs 600 crore in six months (by December).
Pantnagar airport director S K Singh told TOI, "AAI will develop this airport as a regional hub, which will also have transit flights to several international airlines."
"In the meantime, after protests by locals and politicos, AAI has shelved the earlier plan, and has given consent to a new plan, under which a total of 571 acres will be acquired from GB Pant University," he said.
The expansion of the airport is due for the past two years. In 2015, 571 acres was identified in Sanjay Colony for the expansion plan, but due to protests by residents and politicians, the land could not be acquired.
26/06/17 Aakash Ahuja/Times of India