Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Ciethu airport awaits fund from Centre: Paiwang


Minister transport, civil aviation & railways, P Paiwang Konyak, on Thursday, informed the assembly that works for the proposed Greenfield Airport at Ciethu, Kohima was waiting for funds from the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
Responding to a starred question by Yitachu, MLA, on the status of the Greenfield Airport, Paiwang said that the approval and sanctioning of the requisite fund for the project would be made by the Union Cabinet after which work would start.
He said the State government had purchased a suitable land for the proposed airport measuring an area of 1013.72 acres in 2006 and 2007, as required by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) policy of “Purchase and Transfer”. Paiwang said the government was ready to transfer the land to AAI for the construction of the proposed Greenfield Airport at Ciethu.
He said AAI was requested to prepare DPR and accordingly, two DPRs were prepared. One for a runway length of 2,200 metres at 1,434 above mean sea level (AMSL) for ATR 72 and A-320 Airbus with load restriction, at an estimated cost of Rs 5,695 crore. The other DPR was for a runway length of 2,750 metre at 1,412 AMS, which could support ATR 72 and A-320 Airbus without load restriction at an estimated cost of Rs 8,890 crore. He informed that the state government had obtained No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Ministry of Defence and that the department of Transport was rigorously pursuing the sanction for the airport.
As for the proposal to build an airport at Razaphema in 2014-15, Paiwang said the area could not be taken up due to high cost of land and also because it was very near to the present airport in Dimapur.
Earlier, Yitachu, MLA, questioned why Nagaland was neglected by Centre without an airport even though the same was made necessary for all the state capitals despite a national policy to have one in all the State capitals.