Guwahati: Several major airports of Assam comprising the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport are set for major facelift. The State Government has assured the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to give away required land for the expansion of the LGBI airport within seven days.
An official release said that the Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi had a meeting with chairman of AAI VP Agarwal in his office where key concerns relating to development of airports in the State were discussed.
The AAI chief apprised CM of the steps taken by the AAI for the construction of a new included terminal building and taxi track in the LGBI to deal with the heavy inflow of passengers.
He requests the Chief Minister to entrust the land required at the earliest for modernization and expansion of the airport. The revenue officials present in the meeting said that the requisite land would be handed over to the AAI within the next seven days.
Agarwal informed the Chief Minister that an amount of Rs 500 crore would be requisite for parallel runway, Rs 150 crore for traffic taxi and Rs 100 crore as cost of land. The AAI chairman requested CM to move the North eastern Council (NEC) for financial support and he certain to do it. Gogoi also asked Agarwal to explore other possibilities for meeting the fund requirement.
The issue of revival of Rupshi airport was also conferred in the meeting and Agarwal said that the Air Force has also shown eager interest on the revival of the airport. Rupshi airport can also serve the need for Kokrajhar as it is not realistic to construct one in Kokrajhar from the security point of view as of thick forest cover, the AAI chief said.