Guwahati: Chairman of Airports Authority of India, Arvind Singh on his maiden visit to Northeastern Region reviewed various projects and operations of NER Airports at the AAI regional headquarters, NER Guwahati on Wednesday.
During his visit Arvind Singh interacted with Senior officers, Airport Directors of major airports in NER.
In his meeting with the Chief Secretary of Assam, Kumar Sanjay Krishna, Arvind discussed several aviation related infrastructure and upcoming projects in the state.
Assam has most number of operational airports in the region namely- Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Silchar, Tezpur, Jorhat and Lilabari and they together agreed for development of more airports which could meet the expectations of the local people as well as the tourist coming here.
Issues related to land, new Greenfield airport projects and connectivity to remote locations were also discussed in media.
Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati is considered the gateway to the north eastern states and a major hub for export of local products and the tourism.
The meeting focused on enhancing more cargo facilities for the benefit of farmers and scope for agri-business in the state as well as the adjoining areas. The passenger movement at the LGBI Airport has already crossed 6 million mark in 2019.
Considering the need of hour, AAI is constructing a world class new integrated passenger terminal building at Guwahati which will be equipped with all major facilities. And the new airport building is expected to be operational by 2021.
Arvind Singh also visited the construction site of the New Guwahati Airport terminal building and reviewed the progress of the project.
He was accompanied by J.T Radhakrishna, GM & project In-charge of the airport where he briefed chairman about the salient features and future ready Terminal building.
In the later half, the Chairman, AAI took a review meeting with all the Airport Directors of NER airports at the regional Headquarters office Guwahati.
Airport Directors from Guwahati, Agartala, Imphal, Dibrugarh, Silchar, Jorhat, Shillong, Dimapur actively took part in the review meet and appraised Chairman, AAI about the present status and the future prospects of their airports.
The focus point of the review meet in general emphasized on enhancing the existing passenger facilities at the airport and planning for the future expansion of the terminal buildings.
India is poised to become the third largest aviation market in the world in coming years and most of the airports in the world are expanding their existing structure to cater the need of future, similarly NER airports are also growing in terms of passenger movement and developing aviation infrastructure is need of the hour.
Recently, to fulfill the aspirations of the people of Arunachal Pradesh, new greenfield airport at Holongi (Itanagar) will be constructed soon and work for it have been awarded.
Chairman of AAI also focused on city side & air side improvement and development of airports as they act as the first point of attraction of a place for passengers embarking or disembarking for air trave.
Earlier at the Dinner with the HODs, APDS & the stakeholders on Tuesday, Arvind Singh was also handed over an 'Oath' certificate by Jindal for plantation of about 1 lakh trees by AAI employees in Northeast region.
Later Singh also unveiled the poster for the 'Project Equality' by AAI in NER under which the Airports Authority Of India is appointing transgender and Down Syndrome-affected people in airports across the Northeast region.
The initiative aims at minimizing discrimination at the workplace.
Later in the day the Chairman of AAI inaugurated a new Electrical sub-station of the Airports Authority of India in Residential colony, Guwahati. While his departure, he started a new security check-in gate at the Guwahati Airport on the day.
(By Hemanta Kumar Nath, Guwahati)