Monday, October 16, 2017

City airport: People won’t spare us for dilly-dallying, DM tells UP govt

Bareilly: With barely two months left for the district administration to meet its year-end promise of readying the Bareilly airport, district magistrate (DM) R V Singh has written a letter to the state government seeking intervention to expedite construction work for the much-awaited project. It has been almost a month since civil aviation officials met with DM Singh and assured him that flights would start from Bareilly by the end of 2017, but since then no progress has been made on the ground.
“We were promised that flights would begin by the end of this year, and citizens have been waiting with great hope. If there is a delay in the work, people will not spare us for dilly-dallying,” said a visibly anxious DM Singh.
The airport is to come up near the Indian Air Force’s Trishul airbase here. “When we met officials of the civil aviation department on September 13, we were told that the flight operations could begin with bare minimum infrastructure. The boundary wall that has been constructed by us is almost ready. We were expecting that work for the airport lounge would begin sometime in October first week but little has been done so far,” added DM Singh.
The city magistrate, U P Singh, who had earlier facilitated a meeting between airports authority of India (AAI) officials and the civil aviation department team, said that once the lounge is ready, it would take barely two months to complete rest of the construction work.
15/10/17 Pankul Sharma/Times of India