Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Land to be acquired soon for expansion of Darbhaga airport: Govt

Patna: The land acquisition for the civil enclave and other development and expansion works at Darbhanga airport is likely to begin after the next state cabinet meeting.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has sought 78 acres of land in Darbhanga, including 54 acres for the new civil enclave which will have terminal building, cargo, multi-level car parking, fire station and other auxiliary buildings, and 24 acres for installation of category I (CAT I) approach light.

Sanjay Kumar, additional chief secretary of state cabinet secretariat department, said the AAI had initially sought 31 acres of land and the state government had sanctioned it besides sending Rs 121 crore to the district administration for the land acquisition.

“The land could not be acquired as the AAI officials inspected Darbhanga airport in January this year and made another proposal for 78 acres of land. The new proposal will hopefully be tabled in the next cabinet meeting,” Kumar said.

Union civil aviation minister had earlier written to CM Nitish Kumar in August this year, urging him to instruct the officials concerned to expedite work on land acquisition for Darbhanga and other airports in Bihar, including Patna, Muzaffarpur and Raxual.

Around 49.5 acres of land Patna airport is required for runway extension at Patna airport, parallel taxi track, doppler very high frequency omni Range (DVOR) equipment, isolation bay and glide path.

06/10/21 Faryal Rumi/Times of India

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