Following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court, the Chandigarh International Airport is set to acquire 128 acres of land for constructing a parallel runway that will be operational during zero-visibility fog.
The length of the CAT-III-B-compliant runway will be 3.3 km and the next date of hearing in the court is December 1.
Now, there is only one runway and it cannot be upgraded to CAT-IIIB facility. The old runway would remain CAT-II compliant, operational in moderate fog conditions (runway visibility of around 300 metres).
The Chandigarh administration and the Punjab government have identified land for the purpose. In Chandigarh, 64-acre land will be acquired at Tatarpur, Chahar Taraf and Burail villages. The farmers will be paid Rs 1.15 crore per acre. In Punjab, 64 acres of land will be acquired in Khandala village of SAS Nagar and farmers will be paid Rs 1.28 crore per acre. The authorities will be spending Rs 400 crore for acquisition of land.
A senior UT administration official said, “The land has been earmarked and the file will be sent to the ministry of defence which who will give approval for the acquisition process in Chandigarh and SAS Nagar.
The quality of a runway is determined by the runway visual range. It is the distance over which a pilot of an aircraft can see the runway surface during foggy weather conditions.
The CAT-II lighting system is required for runway visual range (RVR) above 300 metres (moderate fog). The CAT-IIIB-lighting system is required when RVR is 46 metre or less, also called zero visibility.
Tenders floated to re-carpet old runway
The airport has already floated tender to re-surface the existing runway on October 28 and tendering process will be completed within three months while the work will be completed in a year. At present, the length of the runway is 2.74 km.
2 more international flights in March
After the launch of two international flights to Sharjah and Dubai, the Air India is all set to start flight to Singapore and Bangkok in the last week of March next year. It will be three days in a week.
Airport yet to get basic facilities
Even after two international flights were started in September this year, the airport is still lacking in basic facilities. There is no W-Fi, money exchange, additional ATMs and duty free shops etc at the airport.
Airport chief executive officer (CEO) Suniel Dutt said, “We have floated the tenders but did not get adequate response. We will float them again or will allot work without floating the tenders as per rules.”