Thursday, January 11, 2018

Kalyani on airport radar

Calcutta: Kalyani in Nadia is among the places in Calcutta's neighbouring districts the state government is considering for setting up a second city airport, sources said on Wednesday.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) recently held two meetings with the state government - one last week - on availability of land for the airport. The AAI told the government the new airport should be ready by 2030, an official briefed on the meeting said.

"In last week's meeting, the government agreed to start scouting for land. Ideally, the land should be within 30-40 km of Calcutta and should not be more than 100km away," AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra said at NSCBI Airport on Wednesday.

Sources said the government was looking for a plot spread across 1,300-1,500 acres. Kalyani is on the radar.

"We are looking for land in adjoining districts. Kalyani is barely 50km from Calcutta. The town has research institutes such as the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics. An AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) is also coming up there," a source said.

Several factors, acquisition problem being one of them, have to be taken into consideration before a plot is finalised.
11/01/18 Sanjay Mandal/Telegraph