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DGCA has granted permission to operate night flights at Srinagar airport: JK govt

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

The of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has granted permission for operating night flights to and from the airport, for which the necessary infrastructural upgradation is being done by the of (AAI), a of the and Kashmir government said here today.

"The airport will soon have night-landing facility, for which all preparations are being done by the agencies concerned," he said, after a high-level meeting chaired by

The had granted permission for operating night flights and the necessary infrastructural upgradation in this regard was being done by the AAI and state agencies, the said.

He added that night flights would give a big push to tourism in the state, besides improving its connectivity with other parts of the country, and also help improve its economy.

The directed the completion of the infrastructural upgradation within a month, so that the facility was thrown open before the tourist season in the

She also directed the immediate release of Rs 3.86 crore for meeting the expenses of raising the ancillary infrastructural facilities for night hours at the airport.

Mehbooba also directed the agencies concerned to take measures for minimising the rush of traffic on the road leading to the airport from Humhama.

She asked the officials to explore the suggestions of putting more body scanners at the gate, widening of the entry road from the gate up to the terminal building and using buses to take the passengers inside the airport.

The also reviewed the pace of work of the expansion of the airport and directed an early start of the works for the expansion of the runway, for which the tenders have already been floated.

She directed the divisional commissioner, and the authorities to work out the formalities of exchange of land with the authorities to start the runway expansion work at the earliest.

Mehbooba also directed the authorities and the Jammu divisional administration to explore, in the meantime, extending the landing hours at the beyond 5 pm and take measures in this regard.

The chief minister also directed the Jammu divisional administration to identify spots for the construction of the in Jammu.

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 21:10 IST