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BPIA to have parallel taxi runway soon

 Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) authorities are planning to construct a parallel taxi runway at the airport.

 “We are facing lots of problems as we have no parallel taxi runway at the airport. Without two runways it is impossible to take off and land the flights simultaneously. Even we do not have required size of land for constructing two runways at the airport,” said BPIA Director Suresh Chandra Hota.  He said the airport authorities are planning to construct a parallel taxi runway connecting the runway. The land has been identified for the purpose and work will begin soon, he added.

The Airport Director said 150-meter land is required in the north direction of the runway. He added that in order to ensure early start of construction, initiatives are being taken to make the area free of encroachment. “After completion of the project, the runway of Bhubaneswar airport will turn 4D class from 4C class”, Hota stated. He said that the airport runway will be expanded to 10,000 ft from 9,000 ft.
Currently, there are 29 flights operating 58 times daily from the airport. The number is expected to increase in upcoming days.
Sources said the land required for parallel taxi runway has been occupied by encroachers. The government has assigned Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) the task of eviction. Around 136 families will be displaced and Rs 6 crore allocation has been made for rehabilitation of displaced people, sources added.


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