Thursday, June 13, 2019

AAI floats tender for new ATC tower at Bhopal airport

Bhopal: With rise in number of flights, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has decided to construct new new air traffic control tower (ATC) at the Raja Bhoj airport and floated a tender in this regard on Wednesday. The work will start later this year.
At present 44 flights are being operated from the Bhopal airport as compared to 16 flights in December. At present, Air India, Spicejet and Indigo operate their services from Raja Bhoj airport. Director of Bhopal airport Anil Vikram told TOI that the existing ATC has become old. “The equipments have become old and even the space is small. We have seen a rise in flights at the Bhopal airport and hence we decided to set up a new ATC tower,” said Vikram.

He said that the new ATC tower will have all modern equipments. “In the present tower, the space is so less that it is not possible to accommodate a duty officer of the meteorological department. In the new tower, the duty officer will have ample place to sit,” said Vikram.

Floating the tender, the AAI stated that it requires eligible contractors for the composite work of construction of ATC tower-cum-technical block and associated work at Raja Bhoj airport at an estimated cost of Rs 28.45 crore.

ATC is a service provided by ground-based air traffic controllers who direct aircraft on the ground and through controlled airspace, and can provide advisory services to aircraft in non-controlled airspace. The primary purpose of ATC is to prevent collisions, organize and expedite the flow of air traffic, and provide information and other support for pilots. Depending on the type of flight and the class of airspace, ATC may issue instructions that pilots are required to obey.
13/06/19 Ramendra Singh/Times of India

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