2nd Airport In Kolkata A Possibility, Says Raju
Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju has said a second airport near Kolkata was a possibility if the state government is able to provide land for the project.
"Kolkata needs an alternative airport. If the West Bengal government gets a land, it can happen," he said in Kolkata on December 5.
The city's Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport at Dum Dum is expected to reach a saturation point soon, given the way it is growing in terms of air traffic.
Asked about a new airport at Andal near Durgapur, Raju said its future depended on whether the airlines wanted to use it.
Regarding the Centre's regional connectivity scheme, UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik), he said more airports would become active with the start of the scheduled flight operations after the second round of auctions.
Meanwhile, the minister said his ministry planned to generate 200 megawatts of solar power at airports in the country, as a part of the initiative to go green. The target was to achieve the 200 mw of solar power in five to six years across the Airports Authority of India (AAI) airports, Raju said while inaugurating the commissioning of 15-mw solar power generation at the Kolkata airport.
"With the commissioning of 15-mw power generation here, total generating capacity from this clean energy route has gone up to 90 MW at the AAI-operated airports," he said.
The minister said in order to reach the goal of 200-MW solar power, state governments would have to be convinced to accept net-metering by way of giving solar credits.
Total solar power generation in private airports currently stands at 45 mw.
With inputs from Housing News