Monday, August 03, 2020

Halwara airport: AAI yet to give nod for boundary wall

Ludhiana: The prestigious Halwara international airport is facing delay as the state agency is waiting for approval from the Airport Authority of India (AAI) for construction of a boundary wall and terminals, etc. Deputy commissioner Varinder Sharma had recently said that the estimate for the construction of a 4km long retaining wall and road leading to the airport had been forwarded to the state government.
The PWD (buildings and roads (B&R)) authorities said that they were waiting for the Airport Authority of India’s (AAI) approval for the construction of a boundary wall and terminal structure.
Executive engineer (B&R), Ludhiana, Rakesh Garg said that they had sent the length of the boundary wall and estimate for construction of the same two months ago and were waiting for approval from them. He added that once they get approval from the AAI, they would start the execution of the project.

The officer said that the construction of the terminal might start simultaneously with the boundary wall. He added that they expect that they might get the approval for the works in August.

“Once we get approval from the AAI, we will invite tenders and work would be started by the agency selected for the purpose without any delay,” said a PWD source. He added that after work was allocated to an agency it would take at least nine months to complete the boundary wall construction as it was a 4km-long wall.

Local AAI officials said that they were keen that the construction work starts at Halwara international airport.
03/08/20 Shariq Majeed/Times of India
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