Monday, March 08, 2021

Greenfield airport will boost tourism sector: Thakur

Shimla: Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur said light detecting and ranging (LIDAR) survey for construction of Greenfield airport at Nagchala in Mandi district should be conducted by the consultants, WAPCOS Limited. The CM said construction of Greenfield airport in Mandi would boost tourism development in the state, besides being important from the strategic point of view. He said the finance commission has recommended Rs 1,000 crore for construction of the airport.

Presiding over a meeting with senior officers of the Union ministry of civil aviation and state government in Shimla on Saturday evening, Thakur said Kangra airport required expansion to facilitate operation of the A-320 aircraft. At present, he said, the airport was suitable for landing of 72-seater aircraft with load penalty.

The CM said officials of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) must direct authorities concerned to visit Kangra airport for feasibility study and OLS survey for extended runway and finalise the master plan, which the state government has already approved.

Kullu airport also required expansion of the existing runway by 660 metres to avoid load penalty, he said, adding that this required diversion of Beas river. He said the Airport Authority of India visited the airport for OLS survey but the report is awaited.

Five heliports were being constructed under UDAN-2 in the state, which included heliports at Kangnidhar in Mandi district, Sanjauli and Rampur in Shimla district, Baddi in Solan district and SASE (Manali) in Kullu, the CM said.

These heliports, he informed, would boost tourism development by providing better air connectivity to high-end tourists. He also said that Shimla heliport was nearing completion and trial landing had been carried out by GAD helicopter on January 3.

08/03/21 Times of India

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