In eager anticipation of commencing air services from Bokaro Airport in February 2024, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) is actively engaged in a comprehensive array of preparations. The pivotal task at hand is navigating through the intricacies of the licensing process, a multifaceted procedure crucial for ensuring the seamless initiation of air services. AAI officials are meticulously focusing on bolstering operational readiness, leaving no stone unturned in their pursuit of a successful and timely launch.
Bokaro: Amidst the energetic preparations, the AAI is intricately orchestrating the various facets necessary to meet regulatory standards and operational benchmarks.
Papi Light Inspection Marks Progress
As a crucial step in this initiative, AAI officials recently conducted an inspection of the runway’s Papi Light. This specialized lighting system plays a pivotal role in guiding aircraft during landings. The inspection, carried out by a seven-member team, involved rigorous testing through three takeoffs and landings. The subsequent report is expected to pave the way for the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) survey, a significant milestone toward realizing the goal of launching air services.
Minister Scindia Sets Deadline
Union Civil Aviation and Steel Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia have set a deadline for the project, aiming to achieve the goal by February 2024. He had informed this in a letter sent to MP, Dhanbad, Pasupatinath Singh. This has spurred increased activity and dedication to meeting the set targets at the airport.
Hazra Addresses Concerns on Airport Visit
During a recent visit, Kedar Hazra, Chairman of the Non-Official Resolution Committee of the Jharkhand Assembly, addressed various concerns related to Bokaro Airport. A key issue discussed was the imperative to clear encroachments, specifically slaughterhouses adjacent to the airport. A deadline of December 15, 2023, has been set for their removal.
RCS UDAN Initiative and Community Anticipation
The Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) known as UDAN, initiated in October 2016, aims to develop Bokaro Airport and enhance connectivity to remote areas at affordable airfares. The local community, having eagerly awaited the commencement of air services for several years, anticipates the final DGCA inspection as the last hurdle before flights can take off.