Centre okays land transfer for expansion of Darbhanga airport
In a bid to facilitate smooth flight operations under the regional connectivity scheme (RCS), the ministry of defence (MoD) has granted working permission to transfer a defence land measuring 2.42 acres to the Airport Authority of India (AAI) for the expansion of interim civil enclave at Darbhanga Airport, officials said.
According to the MoD letter, dated December 13, the transfer of land to AAI on annual lease rent of ₹16.57 lakh, for a period of five years at Air Force Station Darbhanga, is meant for the creation of ‘bare minimum infrastructure’ to operate civil domestic flights under RCS-UDAN.
“Apart from expansion of the interim terminal building, AAI will now execute the construction of car parking, powerhouse, maintenance office, driver’s facility besides construction of road and ground support equipment (GSE) in compliance of work permission”, people aware of the development said.
Meanwhile, Darbhanga MP Gopal Jee Thakur on Sunday said that in the past he had called on defence minister Rajnath Singh on several occasions seeking an NoC for airport’s development.