Thursday, December 17, 2020

Patna airport to get navigation upgrade

Patna: The Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport is likely to get lands for the installation of a Doppler VHF Omni Directional Range (DVOR) and the construction of an isolation bay soon. While a DVOR is a navigational system that helps an aircraft find its route, an isolation bay is a special parking lot created for an aircraft facing an exigency like hijack or bomb threat.

A day after chief minister (CM) Nitish Kumar inspected the progress of work on expansion of the terminal building, the airport authorities tweeted on Wednesday, “Hon’ble CM Bihar visited #PatnaAirport yesterday for inspection of critical operational infrastructure needed for airport. He was briefed on #AAI plans for installation of new navigational aids & other airport capacity improvement projects (sic).”

Patna district magistrate (DM) Kumar Ravi, who had also accompanied the CM on Tuesday, told this newspaper that the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had already sent a proposal to the state government seeking lands for a DVOR and an isolation bay. “The airport needs a 4.5 acre land on the southern side of its runway for the DVOR and a 12 acre land for the isolation bay,” he added.

The airport’s deputy general manager (air traffic management), Santosh Kumar, said, “As soon as the AAI gets the lands, the outdated DVOR will be replaced with a new model that is being used at other airports in India.”

AAI officials claimed that the CM had also agreed that the airport needed new facilities. “We expect the procedure for acquisition of the lands to begin in a couple of days,” they said.

17/12/20 Faryal Rumi/Times of India

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