Thursday, May 30, 2019

Identify land for second airports, AAI tells states

New Delhi: Realising that the second term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi could see unprecedented focus on infra development, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has asked state governments to identify sites for second airports in relatively smaller cities also. And after doing so, states have been requested to impose height restrictions there so that no structures are built to a height beyond what is permitted in area around airports and impede work on secondary airports starts in these relatively smaller cities when it starts.
“Not just metros require secondary airports, even relatively smaller cities now need the same. While work has already started in some places like Delhi, Mumbai and Goa, there is a need to for the same in other many other cities. State governments are being requested to identify suitable size land for the secondary airports and notify height restrictions in those places. This will enable work to start there at a later date without any hinderance (of pre-existing tall structures),” AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra said.
Some of the cities requiring secondary airports are Visakhapatnam, Jaipur, Pune, Ahmadabad, Rajkot, Patna, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore. A majority of Indian airports are handling passenger way beyond the built capacity of terminals. Airports in places like Patna and Guwahati are highly constrained and metros like Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore had no free slots till the Jet crisis erupted earlier this year.
30/05/19 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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