Deploy extra workforce to accelerate progress of Hollongi Airport: Guv

ITANAGAR, Mar 01: Governor Brig (Retd) Dr B D Mishra Monday visited the Green Field Airport at Hollongi, near here.

He was briefed by state civil aviation secretary Swapnil Naik, Airport Authority of India (AAI) General Manager Dilip M Sajnani, senior officers of PWD, power and PHED and the contractors regarding the progress of work.

The Governor observed that the work on the airport had substantially slowed down during the Covid-19 pandemic. He said that for ensuring timely completion of the project have to be executed up by deploying extra work forces, additional plants and machines, proportionate increased availability of construction materials, close supervision and regular monitoring of the work flow chart.

Dr Mishra said that unless these aspects are taken care of, the completion of the airport on time is not possible.

He further stressed on the pressing need for simultaneous work input on all segments of the airport.

“The supervisors of each segment of construction should be made accountable for the quality of work and the planned progress according to the target timeline,” he said.

He expressed concern regarding the delay in award of the contract for works of other essential infrastructure, which has an outlay of over Rs 1,60.65 crore and is still in the stage of inviting of tenders.

The governor mentioned to the secretary that while observing the due process of tendering, acceptance of bid and award of work, there should be strict focus on the target date for the completion of the work.

He further observed that the total planned handling capacity of the passengers at arrival and departure lounges is around 100 each only. Similarly, the capacity for car parking for the passengers is only for 100 cars. These may need an appropriate review within the parameters of the overall design for various capacities at the airport.

The governor said that for the future extension of the runway, there is a reported thinking of diverting the course of Kokila River.

“To obviate the need for diverting the course of Kokila River, which may cause other natural adverse ramifications, this could be reviewed by examining the scope for the future extension of the runway on either end of the currently planned runway,” he suggested.

While going around the runway area, the governor noticed that the new approach road under construction to the airport is running along the foothills which is under the reserve forest area and the area is being rampantly encroached upon at various places.

Some encroachers have even put up the warning board ‘private land, trespassers will be prosecuted as per law’ or words to that effect. They are blatantly treating their encroachment as their private land.

The Governor suggested to the PCCF, DC and SP of Papum Pare to carry out a joint survey of the affected reserve forest with a view to identify the encroachments and take appropriate action, so that no encroachment takes place.

The governor impressed upon all the stakeholders present at the proposed airport, to work in a mission mode, so that, there is no compromise in the quality of work as also there is no delay in the targeted completion of the project.

He further said that every stakeholder working for the project must remember that the airport when operational would be a big amenity for the development, progress and welfare of the people of the state. (PRO)

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