Tuesday, May 09, 2023

Halwara airport likely to begin ops in Sept

Chandigarh: After some initial hiccups, the upcoming international airport at Halwara, 40 km away from Ludhiana, is likely to be ready by September as the Punjab public works department (PWD) hopes to get work on the terminal building completed by July-end.

“Bids have been allotted and work is progressing well. The airport terminal would give connectivity to the Army area. There was initially some hurdle as the contract for internal roads had to be terminated and reallocated, which led to some delay. The Airport Authority of India (AAI) will take over once the construction is complete,” said a PWD official.

The civil aviation department is hoping that the AAI will be able to take over in August. “They also need to float tender and shift some of their infrastructure from Sahnewal. That too will take some time and we have asked them to do it in two months. The actual operations at the airport could, therefore, begin in the beginning of September,” said an official with the civil aviation department.

In his Budget speech for 2023-24, finance minister Harpal Singh Cheema had said that for the development of the terminal building at the Halwara Indian Air Force Station, the AAP government had decided to contribute Rs 57 crore and the work is expected to be completed by May 2023 and flight operations expected to start by December.

09/05/2023 Vibhor Mohan/Times of India

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