Friday, October 05, 2018

New terminal building for VSI airport to miss deadline

Port Blair: It is really unimaginable for the people of the Islands to believe that the Port Blair airport located at Lambaline constructed during the Japanese period will shortly have a sprawling terminal of international standard. During the last 70 years, the Port Blair airport was mute a witness to the ups and down and the different facets of progress and development witnessed by the Islands. Constructed by the Japanese forces for use as war airstrip, this airport declared as an International airport during 2007, is forging ahead towards excellence. Despite the construction agency putting its entire might for timely construction, it is likely that the airport may miss the 2020 expected target date of completion.
Old inhabitants of the Islands recount that after the Japanese war, the airstrip was in a dilapidated condition and was repaired before commercial operations commenced. Indian Airlines began a weekly service from Calcutta to Port Blair via Rangoon in 1960 using a 21-seater DC-3 Dakota and later on replaced by the 26-seater DC-4. The flight took seven hours to complete the journey.
04/10/18 RP Sharma/Echo of India