• Kishangarh airport likely to be operationalised by July next year

    The new airport at Kishangarh , which is being developed to cater to the historical city of Ajmer, is likely to be operationalised by July next year for which airlines have evinced interest to operate flights from Mumbai and Delhi.

    Located in the biggest marble market of Kishangarh, the airport building’s construction work is most likely to complete in December after which the process for DGCA approval to commission the airport will begin and inspection by teams of air safety directorate will take place, Airport in-charge Sanjeev Jindal told PTI.

    He said nearly 85 per cent of the civil and electrical work of the terminal building, which will have a capacity to handle 200 passengers at a time, has been completed and the 2000 meter long runway has also been constructed.

    441 acres of land was handed over for the project in 2013 but possession of 69 acre of land is still pending due to compensation issue to be handled by the state government.

    Due to the problem of acquisition of the 69 acre land, four km long boundary wall and other important works are still pending.

    “Series of meetings took place with the state government and the district administration to resolve the issue and hopefully the piece of the land will be handed over in coming days,” he said.

    “Because of this issue, we are not able to install important equipment and communication set up. So far, runway of the length of 2 km and 60 per cent of the boundary wall along with perimeter road has been completed.

    “However, some runway work and safety area work for about 300 meter has not been completed in spite of various attempts and efforts by AAI because of the continuous agitation by villagers of Rathoron ki Dhani from more than a year, he said.

    The project comprises main terminal building which is being constructed to handle small aircraft operation, technical block, fire tower, Air Traffic Control Tower, electric sub station, rain water harvesting, sewerage treatment plant, horticulture and tree plantation.

    “After the construction of the infrastructure, approval of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation is required.This has been targeted to receive by July 2017 thereafter the commercial operations will begin,” he said.

    The officer said that the airport will be based on a white theme.

    “The building will have installation of murals made of marbles which will give a 3D effect, ‘Bani Thani potrait’, the painting of the Kishangarh school of paintings, use of marble stone inside the building and other stones outside the building, fountains and other items will give the project a local touch.

    Apart from this, green cover in the area will be increased and 2000 trees are targeted to be planted in the monsoon season, he said.

    “Approximately 2000 small trees are proposed to be planted in the first phase so that at the time of starting flight operations, there will be a green belt to welcome passengers when they enter airport premises,” he said.

    Ajmer, which is visited by lakhs of tourists every year, is 135 kms from the state capital and the airport is near NH-11 and at a distance of 25 from the city of Ajmer.  Ezekiel Elliott Jersey

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