In the wake of increasing demand for better air facility in the city, the Union Minister of Civil Aviation Ajit Singh has written to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to transfer 50 acres of land to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for developing a civilian enclave for handling civilian operations at Bamrauli airport in the city.
According to an official statement issued by the ministry in New Delhi on Thursday, Singh has said in the letter that the AAI has already carried out a preliminary study of the surroundings towards the south side of the existing airfield. The airfield is currently being used by the Indian Air Force (IAF). Singh said in the letter that the matter has been discussed with the IAF also.
District Magistrate (Allahabad) Raj Shekhar said: “The civil aviation department had requested us for the transfer of land for a new civilian terminal at Bamrauli airport. A couple of meetings were held in this regard. The IAF was of the view that it would not be able to part with land within its jurisdiction, as it has already been developed. Therefore, we may have to go for acquisition of land from private persons. This is where things stand. As we get a formal communication, the issue will be taken further.”
The letter further said that if there was any difficulty in acquisition and transfer of identified land, an alternative location having an area of 50 acres may be acquired and handed over to the AAI at the earliest.
The proposed civilian enclave would have terminal building, apron area for parking of civilian aircrafts, link taxi track, space for car park and other things.
The demand for a civilian air facility in Allahabad has been on the rise for quite some time. “We have made several representations to the civil aviation ministry. We have pointed out that the Bamrauli airport was a civilian facility, before the IAF took over in 1962. Since then, it has remained with them. Also, it will help boost tourism and other industries here,” said chairman of the Eastern UP Chamber of Commerce, Govind Saran Darbari.
At present, a small aircraft, 30 or 50-seater, of the Indian Airlines from Delhi lands here daily. However, they are not preferred by the VIPs as they are less comfortable and fares are high. Usually, people prefer Varanasi and Lucknow to get air connectivity. As a result, there are often instances