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Air connectivity enhancement in Mizoram
Published on 8 Feb. 2011 11:51 PM IST
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Union minister of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Bijoy Krishna Handique, has called for urgent activation of the Instrument Landing System at Lengpui Airport in Aizwal, Mizoram. If implemented soon, this will be the first airport offering regular flights to and from the state of Mizoram.
At a meeting with officials from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) including Director General Civil Aviation E.K Bharat Bhushan , Airports Authority of India(AAI), Ministry of DoNER and the Government of Mizoram, Handique said “the Ministry of DoNER remains committed towards strengthening Airport Infrastructure for various Airports in the region with special focus on Airports like Lengpui which falls in a landlocked state like Mizoram. Immediate steps need to be taken to mitigate topographic obstructions at the Lengpui Airport for clearance of the Instrument Landing System, which in turn will increase the frequency of regular flights to and from Mizoram”, he said. Presently, there are no regular flights to Mizoram due to issues related to bad terrain, Civil Aviation Security concerns and lack of ILS. The move to activate the ILS is expected to offset these constraints.
In the meeting the DGCA, AAI and the Government of Mizoram reached an understanding to complete the Civil Works pertaining to the ILS at Lengpui Airport within March 31. The DGCA is likely to give clearance for the ILS pursuant to which a team of Pilots will be trained to operate to and from the Airport. The training will commence two days after completion
The Ministry of DoNER has also given its approval for an amount of Rs.50.93 Crores for installation of the ILS Equipment at the Lengpui Airport. The North Eastern Council (NEC) has so far sanctioned a quantum of Rs.19.42 Crores towards the infrastructure development of the Airport.
The Ministry of DoNER has expedited some pending airport projects including the recently sanctioned project for upgradation and operationalisation of airport at Tezu, Arunachal Pradesh at a total cost of Rs.79 Crores. Arrangements about air services in the NER with Alliance Air have been renewed for two more years, i.e. up to December 2011 and a more lasting and viable solution to the vexing problem of intra regional connectivity is being examined by the Ministry. North Eastern Council (NEC) is sponsoring through Ministry of Civil Aviation a comprehensive study for Air Connectivity of the region.

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