Ludhiana: Since completion of land acquisition formalities, a much awaited broad plan of facilities proposed to come up at Halwara International Airport in Raikot sub-division of Ludhiana district was unveiled on Wednesday.
After a review meeting, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Sharma shared that 26 acre land has been earmarked for the construction of a five-star hotel, taxi stand, food court, double-storey shopping area and other amenities.
The first phase of the project will include the development of a new international civil terminal over an area of more than 135 acre for full-fledged operations up to Code-4C type aircraft.
Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) has taken possession of more than 161 acre land acquired for the proposed airport.
According to the DC, an estimate of Rs. 21 crore for construction of 4 Kilometre long retaining wall and road leading to the airport has been forwarded to the state government for approval. Construction will start soon after the government nod.
The road leading to the airport site from Ludhiana-Ferozepur stretch of the highway would also be widened. The officials of PWD (B&R) have been directed to start the construction the airport’s boundary wall at the earliest.
Sharma said they would try to get the construction of runway completed on priority along with the construction of the terminal building so that the flights could start operating from here soon.
Punjab government through GLADA and the Airport Authority of India (AAI) are setting up a new civil and cargo international air terminal as a joint venturet at IAF Station Halwara. The state government is making efforts to ensure that this airport becomes operational in the next two and a half years.