Punjab government on Monday issued a notification under section 6 of the Land Acquisition Act to acquire 322acre land to expand runway at Sahnewal Airport, Ludhiana.
Public works de par tment (PWD) Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon convened a meeting of of ficers concer ned at Circuit House to chalk out further plan for this on Monday.
Talking to media, Dhillon said, “The gover nment will expand the 1.5 km runway up to three kilometres, so that big aeroplanes can land and take of f from Ludhiana. With the expanded runway, the flights from Ludhiana to Mumbai, Bengaluru and other parts of India will also start. The government has also been working on enhancing DVOR (Doppler Very High Frequency Omni-Range) to enhance the visibility for landing of aeroplanes. The work will be completed in next one year.”
The 322-acre land that is yet to acquire belongs to 50 far mers. Dhillon claimed that they had conducted several meeting with the farmers, and they were ready to leave the land for development.
He said the government would pay price of land according to the market value.
Dhillon said there were several hurdles before the expansion of runway, including underground sewerage line and distributry. The sewerage and irrigation departments had been asked to remove the sewerage line and to change the path of distributry, he added.
Dhillon also asked officials of the Airport Authorities of India to demolish the building of flying club hostel. He said a godown of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) was also coming in the way of expansion, but it would not be demolished, as the government would acquire some part of the building.
Dhillon said the under construction flyovers in Ludhiana and surrounding areas would be opened for public in the next three months. He slammed UPA government for not supporting Punjab, saying that as NDA government had rein in the Punjab, it would get support from the Centre for projects.