Sunday, April 15, 2007

Airports also take Wings...

Much to the delight of air-travellers, most of the 35 non-metro airports in the country will be modernised by 2010. Expressing optimism, the civil aviation minister Praful Patel says "Work is satisfactorily progressing at these airports and we are sure that most of them would be ready within next three years." According to estimates, close to Rs: 4,662 crore would be spend for developiong the airside and terminals of these airports. Whereas city side development will require about Rs: 1,500 crore. The development of airports in northeastern states will be done according to priority, because sometimes its the only means of travel in those regions.
Three new greenfield airports are being planned for northeast. The first - for ATR 72 operation- will be constructed at Pekyoung in Sikkim at approximate costs of Rs: 340 crore.Other proposals are for airports at Cheithu in Nagaland and in Itanagar.Guwahati airport in assam is also undergoing modification at a cost of Rs:32.4 crore.The 35 airports to be modernised are: Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Guwahati, Jaipur, Udaypur, Thiruvananthapuram, Lucknow, Goa, Madurai, Mangalore, Agatti, Aurangabad, Khajuraho, Rajkot, Vadodara, Bhopal, Indore, Nagpur, Vishakhapatnam, Trichi, Bhubneshwar, Coimbatore, Patna, Port Blair, Varanasi, Agartala, Dehradun, Imphal, Ranchi, Raipur, Agra, Chandighar, Dimapur, Jammu and finally PUNE!Currently the airports in Delhi and Mumbai are in process of modrnisation and first phase will be over till 2010.
The Planning Commision says that the next five-year plan will emphasise the provision of infrastructure at airports"at a much faster pace" to cope with massive growth of aviation sector. Transportation infrastructure plays a vitol role in shaping business locationand urban development. Airports today are more than avation infrastructure.

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