Foundation laid for renovation of Rewa airport, ₹300Cr to be spent

The airports authority of India is undertaking works for revival of the existing airfield and the construction of facilities to operate 19-seater aircraft.

Rewa Airport

Rewa (Madhya Pradesh): The minister for civil aviation Jyotiraditya M Scindia, along with chief minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Wednesday laid the foundation stone of renovation of Rewa Airport in Madhya Pradesh.

Rewa Airfield has a runway of 1400 meters with a small building of 150 sq. meters and 61.95 acres of land. The airfield, which was owned by the state government, has handed over the existing airport to the airport authority of India (AAI) for the revival and construction of facilities to operate 19-seater aircraft.

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AAI has been awarded the work on December 12, which includes strengthening the existing runway along with the grading of runway strip area on either side of the runway, construction of RESA and construction of the terminal building of 750 sq. meters with peak hour capacity of 50 passengers.

Addressing the gathering, Scindia said the Central government is taking all steps for the all-around inclusive development of the country. “Parivartan (transformation) is connected to Parivahan (transport). Therefore, it becomes our duty to provide air connectivity to the Rewa region and fulfil the aspiration of the people,” he added, while lauding the state government for providing the required land and said that the new airport would be built and operationalised at the cost of ₹300 crores.

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It has been mutually decided between the state government and AAI that state government would acquire additional land of 290 acres for making this airport suitable for ATR-72 operations. Out of 290 acres of land, 137 acres are required for VFR operations and 153 acres are required for IFR operations. The state cabinet has already approved the proposal to acquire 246 acres of private land and approved the compensation of ₹206 cores towards payment to the landowners. The state government is expected to soon approve the acquisition of the remaining land.

Girish Gautam, speaker, Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha and Bisahu Lal Singh, minister, Madhya Pradesh government were also present.

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