Friday, January 12, 2018

Kolana airstrip in Jhalawar on runway to full airport status

Jaipur: In a boost to intra-state connectivity, a proposal has been mooted to extend the airstrip of Kolana Airport, situated in Jhalawar district on chief minister Vasundhara Raje's home turf, to accommodate bigger aircraft and construct a full-fledged airport.
The state public works department (PWD) and the civil aviation directorate of the state government are burning midnight oil on the project to extend the runaway length of Jhalawar airstrip from the existing 1,700 metres to 3,000 metres.
The proposed airport, which will follow international standards, would cost the state government nearly Rs 164 crore. Once complete, it will be the first airport in Rajasthan to be maintained and governed by the state government.
Raje is said to have taken personal interest in the ambitious project since it was announced. At a high-level meeting held in June 2016, directives were issued to start the work on a full-fledged airport by extending the length of the runway.
"It will be done in two phases. Initially, the length of the runway will be increased from 1,700 metres to 2,350 meters. In the next phase, this will be extended up to 3,000 metres. The estimated cost of the two phases is nearly Rs 164 crore. We have already appointed a consultant firm, which has submitted a blueprint," said a senior officer of the PWD department on Thursday.
The extended runway will facilitate landing of medium-sized planes. Reports hinted that the government was rushing the project, hoping to complete it by the initial deadline of August 2018.
12/01/18 Times of India