From Our Correspondent
TEZU, Dec 14: Giving thrust to the dream of turning Tezu in the fly map of India is in sordid state of affairs. Tezu Airport is the only civilian airport in Arunachal Pradesh which unfortunately failed to meet several deadlines to make it operational and put on air map of India.
Then chief minister Kalikho Pul on 20.05.16 was assured of completion of works by June 2016 which was shifted to March 2017 and again to March 2018. The date was postponed to November 2018 but despite mid-December the target is still remains a mirage.
Under the active initiative of Lohit district administration, most of the pending codal formalities have been completed, including approach and transfer funnel, pruning of trees and bushes in the vicinity and other unauthorized activities to facilitate smooth landing of flights, The airport is equipped with night landing facility, new air traffic control (ATC), technical block, fire station (Cat-IV) and terminal building while associated facilities have also been planned.
Despite ZOOM Airways aircraft landed, Airport Authority of India (AAI) source here, when contacted, said that they have made requisite infrastructure ready but the ZOOM Airways expressed reluctance to operate citing loss in business and speculating non-availability of required passengers. The authority has suggested the GoAP to pursue the ZOOM Airways for early operation. “After one year completion of ZOOM next year Trujet Airways bade to operate”, AAI sources said.
Meanwhile, Zoom Air had bid for the Northeast routes and Tezu Airport in the second phase under GoI’s UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme offering 50 per cent subsidy in air freight. Calcutta to Arunachal Pradesh one-way fare per seat will be Rs 3,100, airline officials said.
It may be recalled here that Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu had informed Lok Sabha on Thursday that the AAI has planned construction of a new domestic terminal at Tezu airport, new ATC, technical block, fire station (Cat-IV) and associated facilities for Tezu airport to handle around 200 passengers during peak hours.