BORJHAR: “The new terminal of LGBI (Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International) Airport at Borjhar near Guwahati will be operational in the first half of 2021. Its construction work is also fast progressing,” said the Chairman, Airports Authority of India (AAI), Arvind Singh here on Wednesday. Considering the need of hour, the AAI is constructing a world-class integrated passenger terminal building there. It will be equipped with all major facilities, he added.
Singh is on his maiden visit to the north-eastern region (NER) for reviewing the various projects and operations of NER Airports at the AAI regional headquarters, NER. On the occasion, Singh interacted with the Airport Directors of major airports and senior officers in the region.
AAI Chairman Arvind Singh also met Assam Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna and discussed several aviation-related infrastructure and upcoming projects in the State. Issues related to land acquisition; new Greenfield airport projects and connectivity to remote locations were also discussed. Assam has the highest number of operational airports in the region. These are located at Borjhar, Dibrugarh, Silchar, Tezpur, Jorhat and Lilabari.
During an interaction with media persons, Arvind Singh pointed out that the cargo-tackling facility at the LGBI Airport would be enhanced, adding that such a step will benefit the farmers and also boost the scope of agri-business in the State and adjoining areas.
The LGBI Airport is a major hub for tourism and export of local products. Passenger movement at the Airport crossed the 6 million mark in 2019.
When asked about the Rupsi Airport, which is also being newly constructed in Dhubri, Singh replied, “The AAI is waiting for the license from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), and after getting the license the airport will become operational within three to four months.
Singh also visited the construction site of the New Guwahati Airport terminal building and reviewed the progress of this project. General Manager and project in-charge of the airport JT Radhakrishna briefed the Chairman about the salient features of the project. After that, Singh had a review meeting with the Airport Directors of NER airports at the regional Headquarters office Guwahati. Airport Directors from Guwahati, Agartala, Imphal, Dibrugarh, Silchar, Jorhat, Shillong and Dimapur participated in the meet.
India is poised to become the third largest aviation market in the world in coming years, and most of the airports in the world are expanding their existing infrastructures to cater to the need of future. Similarly the NER airports are also growing in terms of passenger movement. The need of the hour is to develop the aviation infrastructure. To fulfill the aspirations of the people of Arunachal Pradesh, steps have been initiated to construct a Greenfield airport at Holongi (Itanagar), the AAI Chairman added.