Saturday, March 20, 2021

AAI: Finish night landing work at Kolhapur airport in 2 months

Kolhapur: The long-pending issue of night landing at the Kolhapur airport is expected to be resolved soon as the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has asked the local administration to complete all the required work within two months.

The decision was taken at a meeting in Delhi that was attended by AAI chairperson Anuj Agrwal, committee member Anilkumar Pathak and Rajya Sabha member Chhatrapati Sambhajiraje. District guardian minister Satej Patil also attended the meeting.

Apart from night landing, the meeting also discussed other issues like extension of the runway and starting the cargo facility at the airport. It was decided that an expert committee will be sent to Kolhapur to identify the works that need to be taken for night landing facilities and also to review the works that have already been completed.

The length of current runway at Kolhapur airport is 1,370 meter and it needs to be extended to 2,300 meter. In addition, the airport approach lights will have to be operational in the night for safe landing of the planes.

Now, the local administration is expected to acquire 64 acres for the extension and development of Kolhapur airport. Deepak Kapoor, the managing director of Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC), during his last week’s visit to Kolhapur, had asked the revenue department to expedite the process of land acquisition.

20/03/21 Times of India

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