Rs 400-cr Srinagar Airport expansion plan put in motion

Sources privy to the development stated that the AAI has set the ball rolling by floating tenders for the expansion of the terminal and runway at the Srinagar Airport.

MUKEET AKMALI
Srinagar, Publish Date: Jun 22 2016 1:38AM | Updated Date: Jun 22 2016 1:38AM
Rs 400-cr Srinagar Airport expansion plan put in motionFile Photo

To facilitate more flights and to cater to increasing rush of passengers, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has initiated expansion process of the Srinagar Airport here.

Sources privy to the development stated that the AAI has set the ball rolling by floating tenders for the expansion of the terminal and runway at the Srinagar Airport.

“Expansion of the Srinagar’s lone airport would cost about Rs 400 crore. Expansion programme will witness the floor of the area being doubled to around 53,000 square metres from existing 20,000 square metres,” they said.

 “There is dire need of expanding the area of the Srinagar Airport as the airport was constructed to cater to lesser number of flights, currently more than 35 flights are operating from the aerodrome per day,” they said, adding, that by increasing more space to the airport it would make the air travel hassle free.  

The Srinagar Airport is facing space constraints and inadequate parking area for aircraft landings and take-offs.

Sources said both the AAI and IAF have agreed to expand the airport “on left side of the existing terminal.” 

“The green signal from the IAF was a must as the runway is under their control, and without expanding the runway area, the expansion of airport won’t serve any purpose,” said a senior AAI official.

The expansion program of the airport has come just few days after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti flagged off evening flight from the airport.

The Srinagar Airport is under direct operational control of the IAF which controls its air traffic and landing strip and also the facilities of fire-fighting and crash activities, apart from the airspace. The terminal building where the passengers check-in and check-out and the apron area, where an aircraft is parked, is however controlled by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).

The airport, surrounded by dozens of villages and fruit orchards, is situated at a distance of 12 kms from Srinagar. Under the constant watch of the IAF, the airport is spread over more than 65 acres of land.

Officials said AAI is looking for consultancy to undertake the expansion program to upgrade the facilities so that it could absorb projected rush of tourists in coming years.

Talking to Greater Kashmir, Director Airport Authority of India, Srinagar, Sharad Kumar said that the AAI has initiated process for expansion of the Airport.

Interestingly, the expansion of this airport has been planned after the Union Tourism Ministry recommended its “upgradation”, stating that failure to upgrade its facilities would lead to “bad publicity of Kashmir tourism sector.”

 

Latest News

  1. Doctor detained after forces recover weapons left behind by 'militant' boarding his car in Kulgam
  2. Doctor detained after forces recover weapons left behind by 'militant' boarding his car in Kulgam
  1. Video | Three injured after army opens fire on protesters in Kareemabad Pulwama
  2. Video | Three injured after army opens fire on protesters in Kareemabad Pulwama
  1. Fresh avalanche warning issued for Kashmir areas
  2. Fresh avalanche warning issued for Kashmir areas
  1. Will bring similar law in J&K: Mehbooba on union cabinet’s ordinance on death penalty to child rapists
  2. Will bring similar law in J&K: Mehbooba on union cabinet’s ordinance on death penalty to child rapists
  1. Supreme Court Bar Association in PaK awards honorary membership to advocate pleading Kathua minor’s case
  2. Supreme Court Bar Association in PaK awards honorary membership to advocate pleading Kathua minor’s case
  1. Police rescues truck drivers, conductors trapped in snow in Drass
  2. Police rescues truck drivers, conductors trapped in snow in Drass
  1. City-centre observes hour-long symbolic shutdown to demand justice for Kathua minor
  2. City-centre observes hour-long symbolic shutdown to demand justice for Kathua minor
  1. Missing Bandipora girl traced within four hours: Jammu and Kashmir Police
  2. Missing Bandipora girl traced within four hours: Jammu and Kashmir Police
  1. Police use force to disperse protesting anganwari workers in Ganderbal
  2. Police use force to disperse protesting anganwari workers in Ganderbal
  1. India, Pakistan trade fire along LoC in Poonch
  2. India, Pakistan trade fire along LoC in Poonch
  1. Cabinet approves death penalty for child rapists
  2. Cabinet approves death penalty for child rapists
  1. Yashwant Sinha announces end of his association with BJP
  2. Yashwant Sinha announces end of his association with BJP
  1. Cash crunch: I-T says 97 pc of poll seizures in Karnataka in high-denomination notes
  2. Cash crunch: I-T says 97 pc of poll seizures in Karnataka in high-denomination notes
  1. Kathua case: Education minister talks tough, asks Kashmir students to attend classes
  2. Kathua case: Education minister talks tough, asks Kashmir students to attend classes
  1. Google's 'Chat' service a precious gift to cybercriminals: Amnesty
  2. Google's 'Chat' service a precious gift to cybercriminals: Amnesty
  1. Kashmir-born British judge Khursheed Drabu passes away in London
  2. Kashmir-born British judge Khursheed Drabu passes away in London
  1. Modi govt's feat of sending 104 satelites to space authenticates Internet existed in Mahabharata age: Tripura CM
  2. Modi govt's feat of sending 104 satelites to space authenticates Internet existed in Mahabharata age: Tripura CM
  1. Teenage girl injured in clashes in central Kashmir's Budgam
  2. Teenage girl injured in clashes in central Kashmir's Budgam
  1. Kathua minor rape and murder part of sinister political game plan to defame Hindus: BJP leader
  2. Kathua minor rape and murder part of sinister political game plan to defame Hindus: BJP leader
  1. Transfers ordered in police department; Shridhar Patil replaces Suleman Choudhary as SP Kathua
  2. Transfers ordered in police department; Shridhar Patil replaces Suleman Choudhary as SP Kathua
  1. Snowfall shuts Srinagar-Leh highway for second straight day
  2. Snowfall shuts Srinagar-Leh highway for second straight day
  1. US human rights report criticises rights violations in India by both government forces, insurgents
  2. US human rights report criticises rights violations in India by both government forces, insurgents
  1. Delhi govt asks its schools to collect used textbooks from students, form book banks
  2. Delhi govt asks its schools to collect used textbooks from students, form book banks
  1. Kathua gangrape-murder case: Vaginal swabs match with accused, confirms forensic lab
  2. Kathua gangrape-murder case: Vaginal swabs match with accused, confirms forensic lab
  1. Twitter bans Russia-based Kaspersky Lab from buying ads
  2. Twitter bans Russia-based Kaspersky Lab from buying ads
  1. Asiya Andrabi, associates arrested in Anantnag in south Kashmir
  2. Asiya Andrabi, associates arrested in Anantnag in south Kashmir
  1. Getting more women into formal workforce is priority for India: IMF
  2. Getting more women into formal workforce is priority for India: IMF
  1. Army man injured in Apr 17 border firing in Rajouri dies
  2. Army man injured in Apr 17 border firing in Rajouri dies