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New Delhi: Four major airports in the northeastern states of Assam, Mizoram and Meghalaya do not have night landing facilities, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said on Monday. 

download“Presently, the airports at Shillong (Meghalaya), Lengpui (Mizoram), Jorhat and Tezpur (both in Assam) in the northeastern region are not equipped with night landing facilities,” Sharma stated in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.

He said that while Shillong airport belonged to the Airports Authority of India (AAI), Lengpui airport belonged to the Mizoram government and the Tezpur and Jorhat airports were owned by the Indian Air Force (IAF).

“Upgrade of airports, including provision of night landing facilities is a continuous process, which is undertaken by the Airports Authority of India depending on the operational requirements at the concerned airport, demand from airlines, technical feasibility, availability of land free from all encumbrances etc.,” he said.

According to the minister, though the Kumbirgram airport at Silchar in southern Assam is equipped with night landing facilities, it belongs to the IAF and permission for night landing flights for civil operations at this airport rests with the IAF.

Sharma said that domestic air services have been deregulated by the government and airlines were free to operate anywhere in the country, subject to compliance of route dispersal guidelines (RDGs) issued by the government.

“The government has laid down RDGs with a view to achieve better regulation of air transport services taking into account the need for remote and regional areas of the country. However, it is up to the airlines to provide air services to specific places, depending upon the traffic demand and commercial viability,” he stated.

(IANS)

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Northeast Will Now Be Connected With Gas Pipeline

Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) member S. Rath on Thursday said that the plans are afoot to connect the northeastern states with a gas pipeline.

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Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) member S. Rath on Thursday said that the plans are afoot to connect the northeastern states with a gas pipeline.

“The project will be executed by a consortium of Indian Oil Corporation, Oil India Limited, Numaligarh Refinery Limited and GAIL. We are expecting that the project will e awarded in the next couple of months and become operational by 2023,” he said at the sixth road show for the 9th city gas distribution bidding round here.

Rath said that under the project, 1,500 km pipeline will be laid at a cost of Rs 6,000 crore.

He also said that Assam will be connected with Barauni in Bihar by 721-km gas pipeline by 2021.

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“By Urja Ganga project, Guwahati will be connected to the national gas grid by a pipeline. The Haldia-Paradip-Barauni pipeline will connect Guwahati and is likely to be commissioned by 2021 at a cost of Rs 3,000 crore. The project will be executed by GAIL,” he added.

PNGRB Chairperson Dinesh K. Sarraf said that gas will be provided to Kamrup(metro) and Kamrup districts, besides Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi.

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“Gomati and West Tripura is also part of the scheme,” Sarraf said adding that the PNGRB has on offer 86 geographical areas covering 174 districts in 22 states and union territories. (IANS)

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