Thursday, September 22, 2022

Nagaland govt awaits Centre nod, sanction of fund for airport in Kohima

Kohima: Minister of Transport, Civil Aviation & Railways, P Paiwang Konyak, on Thursday, informed that work for the proposed Greenfield airport at Kohima would start after getting approval from the Ministry of Civil Aviation. 

Responding to a starred question raised by MLA Yitachu on the status of the Kohima airport, Konyak said that only after the approval, sanctioning of the requisite fund for the project would be made by the Union Cabinet. 

During the last day of the 12th session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA), Konyak recalled how the Greenfield airport at Ciethu, about 34 km from Kohima, was proposed in 2003 per the National Policy of an Airport in all state capitals.

In line with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) policy of “Purchase and Transfer”, Konyak said that the State government purchased suitable land for the proposed airport in 2006 and 2007, measuring an area of 1013.72 acres. 

A study was then carried out in 2008, and the first DPR was prepared in 2010 but became obsolete. Since the government has no consultancy, he said that when it opened an advertisement for a tender seeking for preparation of a Detailed Project Report (DPR), no one turned up. 

Therefore, the Airports Authority was requested to prepare a DPR and accordingly, two DPRs were prepared. One was for a runway length of 2,200 metres at 1,434 Above Mean Sea Level (AMSL) which can fly ATR 72 with load restriction and A-320 Airbus with load restriction, estimated at Rs 5,695 crore. 

The other DPR was for a runway length of 2,750 metres at 1,412 AMS which can fly ATR 72 without load restriction and A-320 Airbus without load restriction, estimated at Rs 8,890 crore.

22/09/22 Medolenuo Ambrocia/EastMojo

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