Thursday, April 18, 2024
spot_img

Baljek Airport: No respite from limbo

Date:

Share post:

spot_img
spot_img

SHILLONG, Feb 20: Baljek Airport, located on the outskirts of Tura town, will remain defunct a little longer than expected as bidders seem uninterested in operating smaller flights from the airport.
Replying to a query by TMC MLA from Ampati Miani D Shira, Deputy Chief Minister in-charge Transport, Sniawbhalang Dhar said that the chief minister has written multiple letters to the Centre. A delayed reply from the Ministry of Civil Aviation revealed that no bidder was interested to operate smaller flights, he said.
Terming this as unfortunate, Dhar, however, said that he is following up on the matter to find some way in which smaller flights operate from Baljek Airport.
Asked what has been the reason behind the inability of the government to make the airport functional till date, Dhar told Shira that the total area of the airport is not enough to operate ATR flights.
It may be mentioned that the government had acquired 50 acres of land in 2013, but it was not sufficient. According to Dhar, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had asked for more land.
“We are following up on the matter but it will take some more time as without another 60 acres of land, we cannot operate ATRs from there,” he said
It is learnt that the land acquisition proceedings for another 60 acres is ongoing, following which the AAI would be asked to send a detailed project report (DPR) on the infrastructural development of the airport.
On the other hand, TMC MLA from Nongthymmai, Charles Pyngrope also queried as to how much land is required to make the Baljek airport functional, to which the Transport minister informed the House that the present area of the airport is around 120 acres, and another 60 acres is required.
To another supplementary question on runway extension, Dhar said that the present length of the runway at the airport is 1,100 metre, which needs to be extended up to 1,750 metres for ATRs to land.

spot_img
spot_img

Related articles

Delhi Capitals humble GT by six wickets as bowlers come to party

Ahmedabad, April 17: Delhi Capitals notched up a six-wicket win over Gujarat Titans in a low-scoring game after...

Focus on Hardik’s performance as MI take on Punjab Kings

MATCH TODAY: Mumbai Indians vs punjab kings Mullanpur, April 17: Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Mumbai Indians (MI) are set...

Mawlai vs Nangkiew Irat match postponed

Shillong Premier League Shillong, April 17: Enthusiastic followers of the Shillong Premier League 2023 were met with disappointment today...

M’laya-born Padam Chettri clinches Best Goalkeeper award

I-LEAGUE By Our Reporter Shillong, Apr 17: Meghalaya-born Padam Chettri has been named as the Best Goalkeeper from I-League 2023-24. The...