Friday, December 08, 2017

Bihar wants AAI to cut land requirement for Bihta airbase runway

Patna: The state government has asked the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to reduce the total land required for expansion of runway at Bihta airbase of Indian Air Force to pave way for commencement of commercial flight operations.
The AAI had recently sought 156 acres of land from the state government to extend the runway. This was apart from 108 acres of land, which is expected to be transferred by the state government to AAI by the end of this month for development of a civil enclave at the airbase.
Sources said the length of the existing runway at Bihta airbase is 9,000ft, but the IAF as well as AAI intend to extend it to 11,000ft, which will be suitable for installation of instrument landing system of category II (CAT-II ILS). It also requires additional approach lights to be installed ahead of the runway. Accordingly, the civil aviation ministry requested the state government for an additional 156 acres of land at Bihta airbase in August.
"The state government has informed us that it would be difficult to acquire additional 156 acres of land for expansion of runway and installation of approach lights and CAT- II ILS. We have conveyed the state government's opinion to our headquarters," Patna airport director R S Lahauria said.
08/12/17 Times of India