Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Districts in Telangana to get wings?

Warangal/Karimnagar/Adilabad/Khammam: It seems people of Warangal, Peddapalli, Adilabad and Kothagudem have held their hopes high after chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced in the Assembly that mini airports would be constructed across the State.

With airstrips already existing in Adilabad, Pedapalli and Warangal, the people have been expecting that airstrips would soon be upgraded to mini airports.  Take for instance the Mamnoor airport situated on the outskirts of Warangal city. At present, it is being used as NCC  Training Centre Air Squadron for gliding sorties, skeet shooting and aero-modelling.

It is not the first time chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has assured the development of airport. During his visit to Warangal last year, he had assured that the Mamnoor airport would be revived soon for the  convenience of industrialists visiting the Mega Textile Park from various parts of the country. He stated that the state  government will develop the airport with its own funds if the Union  Aviation Ministry has any constraints. However, not much has happened after that. Now that the CM has once again raised about construction of mini airports across the State, the issue has once again come to the fore. Meanwhile, officials claim that the city would get a major boost if the airport is revived.

“Warangal being the second largest city of the State after Hyderabad, it will grow at a rapid pace with a large number of industries coming in and around it. With the state government planning to create an industrial zone between  Hyderabad and Warangal, an airport would be an added advantage for it,” a senior official stated.

During former chief minister YS  Rajasekhara Reddy’s government, the Airport Authority of  India(AAI) had agreed to develop the airports at Mamnoor and Kadapa and even  signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government. In fact, the AAI conducted a survey to acquire lands for construction of a new terminal building, extension of runway and an isolated bay at Mamnoor air field.
03/04/18 New Indian Express