Monday, November 30, 2020

HAL to invest Rs 1cr to develop immigration infra at Ozar

Nashik: Defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) is investing Rs 1 crore to create infrastructural facilities for dedicated immigration facilities at the Nashik airport (Ozar), which the PSU manages.

A team of officials from the Bureau of Immigration (BoI), which functions under the Ministry of Home Affairs, had recently visited the Nashik airport for inspection as part of the procedure before giving permission of Immigration Checkpost (IMC).

The BoI teams discussed the facilities and provided proper plans that HAL has to make available at the airport. According to the sources at HAL, establishing immigration facilities will pave way for international flight operations from and to Nashik. It will also help bring the airport under the international Udan scheme. Moreover, there is scope for special haj flights to Saudi Arabia.

HAL sources said while the company will create the infrastructure, the IT-related works will be handled by the BoI. The BoI has set a deadline of January for HAL to create the infrastructure.

“We have already started creating basic infrastructure like immigration counters, a customs office, security office etc. at the Nashik airport,” said the sources.

The BoI is also creating a dedicated information technology network for broadband and other services at the airport for the immigration desk on its own. The IT-related investment will be made by the BoI itself.

Local MP Hemant Godse, who has been working hard for the commencement of air service from the Nashik airport, said the Centre has already announced the setting up of an international courier terminal (ICT) at the airport. Now, setting up an immigration checkpost at the airport will boost both international passenger as well as cargo flights in the future.

30/11/20 Tushar Pawar/Times of India

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