The state government has agreed to hand over around 20 acres of land near Patna airport to Airports Authority of India (AAI) for development of a bay

Bihar govt to provide land near Patna airport for parallel bay | Patna News - Times of India

It was decided at the meeting held between AAI chairman Arvind Singh and chief secretary Deepak Kumar here on Friday. Also, the AAI committed to the state government that bidding process to rope in a firm for construction of civil enclave at Bihta airbase will commence in January. The state government has already given 108 acres of land near the existing Air Force airbase at Bihta for a civil enclave to pave way for commencement of commercial flight operations from there. Also, the AAI told the state government that private airlines have decided to operate low-cost flights from Darbhanga airbase by January 15. Besides, the state government has agreed to transfer land at Purnea airstrip for required infrastructure and amenities to start flight operations under the Udaan scheme. “The AAI wants to develop a bay parallel to the existing runway to provide additional space for taxiway of aircraft at the time of landing and take-off. He said the AAI has also committed to make a part of the upcoming state-of-the-art new terminal building at the city airport ready in a year. Talking about civil enclave at Bihta, Deepak said AAI claimed that bidding process for hiring a contractor will be initiated in January. In the first phase, the terminal building will be spread over an area of 25,000 square metres with five aerobridges and parking bays for five aircraft. The foundation stone for a temporary terminal building was laid by CM Nitish on December 24 last year.

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