Patna Airport Expansion Plan Approved by the Civil Aviation Ministry

Ashok Gajapathi Raju, the Civil Aviation Minister, meeting with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Monday.

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Patna: With years of debates, blames and counter-blames between the state and the central government over the efficacy and expansion of the Patna Airport, an agreement was reached on Monday when the Union Civil Aviation Minister, during a meeting with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, approved a plan to expand the main terminal building that would allow the airport to function round the clock and not just at certain times only.

Ashok Gajapathi Raju, the Civil Aviation Minister, said that the Airports Authority of India (AAI) will give the contract for the two-storied terminal building to some company by March 25, 2018 and the expansion work of the existing airport would be completed in three years, reports said.

The new design will be based on the ancient Nalanda University ruins, Jaya Prakash Narayan International Airport Director Rajendra Singh Lahauria said.

Meanwhile, AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra on Monday inaugurated four new check-in counters at the Patna Airport that, he said, would allow round-the-clock service with more flights taking off and landing once the night operation begins on March 25, 2018.

Currently, the airport operates only between 7:00 am and 10:00 pm.

The new plan also includes elevated approach roads to the airport to beat the bottleneck that the travelers are quite familiar with in its current condition.

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