Saturday, January 13, 2018

A bigger airport on cards as government explores options

Ludhiana: The industrial hub can get better air connectivity in the coming future as the state government has started exploring options to either expand the existing airport at Sahnewal or find some other location to set up a domestic airport in Ludhiana.
Though the government prefers the expansion plan of Sahnewal airport, the officials are working on secondary option as well.
Chief secretary Karan Avtar Singh held a meeting in this regard with officials from Greater Ludhiana Area development Authority (Glada), district administration, civil aviation, state town planning and industry department.
The officials discussed various aspects in the meeting and now the chief secretary has asked for reports from Indian Air Force, civil aviation, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) whether Sahnewal airport should be expanded or some other place should be considered for the same.
Sources said at present Sahnewal airport is spread in 150 acres and if it has to be expanded, then 320 acres more is required. Though Glada officials have been searching for land for acquisition, the officials are in favour of establishing the airport near Machhiwara.
Deputy commissioner Pardeep Agrawal said discussions are going on regarding expansion plans of the domestic airport. After seeing reports from other departments, they will be able to reach any conclusion, he added.
PS Gill, chief administrator, GLADA, said the plan is in the initial stage and many other departments will be involved in the exercise.
13/01/18 Times of India