Thursday, July 01, 2021

IAF gives nod to expansion of Darbhanga airport

Patna: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has given its nod to expansion of Darbhanga airport, for which the state government will acquire 78 acres of land, state IPRD and water resources minister Sanjay Kumar Jha said on Wednesday.

The IAF, in its letter addressed to Darbhanga district magistrate (DM) on Tuesday, has stated that state government may commence acquisition of 78 acres of civil land for Darbhanga airport outside the IAF station.

The Darbhanga airbase belongs to IAF and commercial flight operations commenced here from November 8 last year following construction of a temporary civil enclave over an area of 15,000 square feet.

Jha said after the expansion, total eight flights will be allowed to be parked at a time at Darbhanga airport as compared to two at present. He further said night-landing facility will also be possible following the airport expansion.

The minister said around 54 acres of land will be used for construction of a bigger terminal building and remaining 24 acres will be required for runway extension and other utilities, including installation of Instrument Landing System of category-1 (ILS, CAT-1). An ILS helps pilots at the time of landing as far as identifying the position of the runway at which the touchdown has to be made is concerned.

Jha attributed the developments to keen interest taken by CM Nitish Kumar. “CM Nitish wrote several letters to the civil aviation ministry for timely commencement of commercial flight operations, allowing more airlines to operate, commencing cargo and air ambulance facilities,” he told TOI.

01/07/21 Piyush Tripathi/Times of India

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