DEHRADUN: The Uttarakhand government has decided to expand Jolly Grant airport of Dehradun, where the number of passengers is expected to double in the next few years.
The Trivendra Singh Rawat government will construct a new terminal building with state-of-the-art facility, parking lots for planes, longer air-strip and multi-level parking for cars, reports The Times of India.
The state authorities have started talks with Airports Authority of India (AAI) and civil aviation officers for the expansion project. The hill state’s government will also acquire forest and farm land adjoining to the airport.
Additional chief secretary Om Prakash told TOI, “Recently, 15 cities of Uttarakhand have been included under Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme. Besides, Uttarakhand is turning out to be a major centre for yoga, wellness, adventure sports and tourism. In the last few years, the number of passengers at the Dehradun airport has gone up to 10 lakh.”
He also pointed out that the state authorities think that the number of footfall at the airport will double in the next three to four years.
The senior state official said that the aim of the government was to provide better facilities to the passengers. On being asked about the advantages of the airport expansion, Prakash said, “More flights would land at the airport, people will get late night or early morning flights and there will be facility to park five planes inside the airport premises. Better facilities and regular taxi service will make the trip a memorable one for the visitors.”