Airports in Assam to be modernized


By- Staff Reporter | Date- February 22, 2012

All major airports of Assam including the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Guwahati, the gateway of North East India are set for major modernization and upgradation. In context of this, the Assam Government has assured the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to hand over land required and to support with other necessities for the task.

As per reports, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi yesterday met Chairman of AAI V P Agarwala and discussed about the way forward development of airports in the State. The AAI chief is known to have updated Gogoi about the recent development and steps by the AAI for the construction of a new integrated terminal building and taxi track in the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport and also requested the Chief Minister to hand over the land required at the earliest for modernization and expansion of the airport. The revenue officials present in the meeting said that the required land at Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport would be handed over to the AAI within the next seven days.

The AAI has been asked to ensure share of funds for land acquisition cost by the other State Governments, DoNER and the NEC. Agarwal also informed the Chief Minister that night landing facilities in the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport airport would come up soon.

The meeting also saw discussions about expansion of the Rowriah Airport in Jorhat as it has tremendous scope for growth of aviation sector. In addition, expansion of Lilabari Airport at North Lakhimpur was discussed and the update was that talks are on with the Government of Arunachal Pradesh and NEC about the same.

Night landing facility would be made available in the Mohanbari Airport in Dibrugarh soon. The first phase of the expansion plan of the airport is expected to be completed in 18 months and 32.5 acres of land would be required for the purpose.

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