Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Civilian flights from city may be delayed as IAF seeks changes in taxiway plan

Bareilly : Operation of civilian flights from the proposed Nath Nagar civil enclave terminal Here is likely to be delayed after the Indian Air Force (IAF) sought changes in the layout of taxiway which will connect the passenger lounge to the runway.
Flight operations from Bareilly's proposed Nath Nagar civil enclave terminal were likely to start by year-end. Now, this will only be possible if the taxiway is constructed as per the plans already finalized earlier. City magistrate, UP Singh told TOI that talks are underway between Airport Authority of India (AAI) and IAF on retaining the taxiway plans finalized earlier.
"We hope that IAF officers will agree with the AAI, as a new layout will require over 500 to 700 meter more land to be acquired from farmers. Besides, it will delay the whole project," Singh said.
On returning from Lucknow after participating in a review meeting on the civil enclave, city magistrate said AAI officials and special secretary, civil aviation, had discussed to expedite the work to construct a passengers' lounge, taxiway and other requisite arrangement for flawless operations of flights from Bareilly airport. Officials also discussed the IAF letter in which the latter asked for changes in taxiway plans as the air force was working on a project on the same site where the taxiway is proposed to be constructed.
"According to the layout that has been approved, the taxiway is around 400 meters long. If it is constructed on a bigger stretch of 1,100 to 1,200 meter, it will require acquisition of more land which further delay the project. Civil aviation officials said they would be talking about the matter with IAF soon," he added.
07/11/17 Pankul sharma/Times of India