Friday, December 22, 2017

The changing face of airports in north-east India

The north-eastern part of India is often affected by poor infrastructure and connectivity, which have for long outlined the face of airports in this part of the country. But this scenario is about to change.

The government of India has initiated a process to build new facilities and upgrade the existing ones, including airstrips used by the army in north-east. The first phase of this development has already begun with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) currently working on an INR 25 billion project.  An investment of another INR 80 billion is also being discussed.

“We are already in the process of upgrading various airports in the north-east, which is likely to reach completion by 2019-20,” the AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra told an Indian media. “We are also planning a second phase of airport upgrade programme for the north-eastern region.”

The initiatives are part of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Act East Policy, which seeks to accelerate development in the north-east, a region with huge tourism potential.  Modi had also recently announced of the roads and national highways in the north-eastern states within the next two-three years and allotted INR 900 billion for the same.
21/12/17 Surbhi Kapila P/Media India Group