Sahnewal airport runway to be doubled to 3 km, says Dhillon

The plans were on the cards during the UPA government but were never materialised.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Published: May 27, 2014 12:27:09 am
Sharanjeet Singh Sharanjeet Singh Dhillon says the Sahnewal airport runway to be doubled to 3 km. (Source: Gurmeet Singh)

As Narendra Modi was sworn in as Prime Minister on Monday, Punjab Cabinet Minister Sharanjeet Singh Dhillon announced expansion plans for Sahnewal airport. Though the plans were on the cards during the UPA government, they never materialised.

“The runway of airport, which is 1.5 km as of now, will be doubled to 3 km which is a necessity for any airport,” Dhillon said. “If any sewer or water pipes come in the way, they need to be taken out by the sewerage board while the irrigation department needs to change the direction of irrigation drains if they are coming in between.”

Apart from this, the Airports Authority of India has demanded that a flying club hostel near the airport should be demolished for security reasons. About 330-acre land acquisition was needed for the airport and land marking had already begun, said the Sahnewal MLA .

He added that once the new government had taken over at the Centre, the pending works would be taken at a faster pace.

Further, he said that Doraha flyover work would be completed in four months while sewerage treatment plants would be laid in Doraha so as to clean the sewer water which was going untreated at the moment.

STP is a long-pending project of the state government, and the minister issued yet another statement of its early completion.

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