Sunday, October 14, 2018

Nagaland: Dimapur Airport facing expansion problem

Since 2008, the Dimapur Airport authority, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) and its regional headquarter have been writing to the Nagaland state government for acquiring land at Aoyimti and Hollohon villages for expansion and development of Dimapur Airport. However, nothing concrete and positive has come out of it. Various joint meetings have also been held but have not yielded any positive results.

According to Director of Dimapur Airport, Mughavi Zhimo, land acquisition is one of the major problems for expansion of the only Airport in the state.

Speaking to The Morung Express on Saturday, the Director also disclosed that the state government has acquired a huge tract of land near Chathe River for future expansion of the Airport but the land is yet to be handed over to the Airport authority. He said the acquired land once handed over to the airport would allow installation of critical equipment such as Instrument Landing System (ILS).

ILS has two components including the Glide Path which provides slope guidance for aeroplanes and the Localizer which provides guidance to bring aircraft to the centreline of the runway. Mughavi said these were critical components for the safe landing of aircraft. As per international norms, Localizer is required to be located at least 300 metres from the runway end, he informed. The Localizer at Dimapur Airport is located towards Chathe River at 135m from runway running short of 165m.

“That is why land for future development towards Chathe is critical,” he said. Mughavi also informed that 213m runway towards NH 29 has been permanently displaced even though the land is available. He said the current runway was manageable for Airbus but for bigger aircraft lengthier runway was needed towards Chather River. “We are waiting for the land to be handed over to us so that development can be initiated,” he said. Further, some tract of land from Assam Rifles and CRPF camps area is needed for the Airport, he added.
13/10/18 Morung Express
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