Aitiana (Ludhiana): Much-awaited work on the international airport coming up at Halwara in Ludhiana district is starting in two weeks, said Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma during his visit to the site where civil terminal of the airport is to come up.
The road leading to the airport site is to be widened and the PWD (B&R) officials have been directed to start the work on the boundary wall of the airport at the earliest.
He issued necessary directions to the concerned officials in the presence of ADC Jagraon, Neeru Katyal Gupta, SDM Raikot Dr Himanshu Gupta.
With the start of international flights from Halwara Airport, the area is expected to develop and give required further push to Ludhiana, the business and industrial hub of Punjab as well as boost the state’s economy.
Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) has already taken possession of 161 acre land acquired by the state government for the terminal’s construction.
The construction of the runway would be completed on priority along with the terminal building, added the DC.
The area farmers have been paid a compensation of Rs 20,61,314 per acre (including 100% solatium, 12% AP and 1.25 multiplier factor). Besides, each eligible family would also be paid Rs 5,50,000 as rehabilitation and resettlement amount.
It is a joint venture of the Punjab Government (49%) and the Airport Authority of India (51%). The first phase of the project will include development of a new international civil terminal over an area of 135 acre for full-fledged operations up to Code-4C type aircraft.