Govt upgrading 10 NE airports at a cost of Rs50 cr

Govt upgrading 10 NE airports at a cost of Rs50 cr


New Delhi: As parts of efforts to improve air connectivity in the North East, the government is upgrading 10 airports in the region at an estimated cost of Rs50 crore.

The North Eastern Council has entered into an MoU with the Airports Authority of India for funding 10 airports in the ratio of 60:40, government said in a report tabled in Parliament.

Works on seven airports has since been completed and is continuing in three other airports. An amount of Rs50 crore has been earmarked for ongoing upgradation works of airports in the region in the annual plan during 2007-08.

In addition to the upgradation of existing airports, upgradation of non-operational airports is also proposed to be undertaken during 11th Plan, the report said.

NEC has kept provision in its annual plan for supporting Detailed Project Report preparation and the AAI has been requested to prepared the DPRs for the upgradation of five non-operational airports at Kalashar and Kamlapur in Tripura, Pasighat and Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh and Tura in Meghalaya.

The Planning Commission has granted “in principle" approval to the upgradation of airport at Pasighat and Tezu.