Ayodhya World War II airport upgrade could reach the stock market

LUCKNOW: The ambitious plan of the state government to build a world-class airport in Ayodhya and recreate a mythological environment reinforced with modern infrastructure to overcome the Vatican and Mecca in footsteps, can hit an air bag, going through the terrestrial reality.

The government has asked the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to update the World War II airport in Ayodhya, which is almost extinct, except for landings limited by state helicopters and small planes. Currently, the landing on the asphalt is restricted to a flank due to a high overflight in the vicinity of Ayodhya-Sultanpur Road, which hinders flight operations. In addition, the air exclusion zone on the Ram Janmabhoomi site, just 8 km from the airport, will remain a great challenge.

Both the Center and the state government want to accelerate logistics, including the creation of five-star hotels and shopping centers, and the 650-rupee phase modernization plan at Ayodhya Airport is the top priority to serve the expanding pilgrims afterwards. of the construction of the Ram temple.

However, aviation experts and senior pilots in the aviation department expressed concern about the feasibility of a modernization plan and alerted seniors about their concerns. Senior aviation officials, particularly those with thousands of hours of flight experience, point out that the landing is limited to the east-west direction. The west side is blocked by an overpass, which makes it impossible to convert the current airstrip into a world-class airport.

When small aircraft are ordered not to fly from the west-east direction, a large aircraft cannot, said a senior officer in the technical section of the civil aviation department. “The second important obstacle is the population density around the airport. During World War II, the city was small and the airport was beyond the municipal limits. Now, the airport is almost in the heart of Ayodhya. Any update would require the acquisition of land and the airport would have to enter residential areas, which is avoidable in civil aviation regulations, ”said the technical officer.

Equally important will be the location of the proposed Ram temple, which will be under constant security threat if large planes fly over the Ram Janmabhoomi site, which is currently an air exclusion zone. Aviation experts advocate the establishment of a new airport in Saryu, which not only has adequate space for a full airport, but is far from the site of janmabhoomi and the dense human population. This would eliminate restrictions on landings on one side.

The chief civil aviation secretary, Shashi Prakash Goel, said: “No one raised these concerns with us. AAI is already working on the airport expansion plan.