Monday, January 06, 2020

AAI, IAF reps may meet on Jan 16 to discuss Halwara airport

Ludhiana: Taking a step further to decide the modus operandi of the proposed international airport at Halwara, representatives of Airport Authority of India (AAI) and Indian Air Force (IAF) are expected to hold a meeting on it in the second half of January. Meanwhile, Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (Glada), which is acquiring land for the project at Aittiana in Raikot, is likely to organise a public hearing on January 10 and 11, wherein land owners — whose land lies within the project — will be heard.
A senior officer in the district administration said even as land acquisition for the project was likely to be completed by January end, construction of boundary wall of the acquired land was expected to be completed by March, after which portable cabins for check-ins and arrivals will begin. He added that to operationalise the airport, IAF and AAI authorities have to sit and decide the modus operandi for private flight operations, as the IAF runway will be used.

“The meeting between AIF and AAI might take place on January 16. They will sit together and decide about routes of landing for flights, part of boundary wall that needs to be broken from where private airplanes can enter the civil area after landing on the IAF runaway,” added the senior official, and said AAI had got many necessary clearances for the project.

A senior AAI officer said they had got directions from higher authorities in Delhi for speedy completion of the airport’s infrastructure. “We are eager to shift operations from Sahnewal to Halwara as early as June this year,” said the official.

Meanwhile, Ludhiana residents are also waiting eagerly for the start of the international airport. “The international airport at Halwara will be a great gift not only for the industry, but also for city residents who have to travel either to Chandigarh or Delhi for flights to various other cities,” said Dinesh Kumar, a city resident.
06/01/20 Shariq Majeed/Times of India
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