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This thread is meant for tracking new developments in all four modes of transportaion viz. railways and inland waterways. Besides
this thread could be used for tracking latest developments in BRTS and monorail
 

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Guwahati airport may act as hub between India & SE Asia

Although it is an old news, but india's LOOK EAST POLICY will definitely give boost to LGBI airport's claim to become an air hub for south east asia

NEW DELHI: In a bid to give a boost to tourism in the north-eastern region, the government is planning to develop Guwahati airport as a hub for air connectivity to South East Asia and provide links to destinations such as Bangkok, Kathmandu and Dhaka.

The busiest airport in the north-east region, Guwahati airport figures among the 35 non-metro airports identified by the civil aviation ministry for modernisation. With an investment of Rs 200 crore, modernisation work at Guwahati airport also known as Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport is expected to complete by 2009.

"Guwahati need to be made hub for operations to south east Asia by connecting it major cities such as Kathmandu and Bangkok in the region," the tourism ministry said in a proposal to the ministry of civil aviation. The civil aviation ministry has earmarked an investment of Rs 40,000 crore for modernisation work of 35 non-metro airports across the country during the Eleventh Five-year Plan. The government also plans to invest close to Rs 1,410 crore for the development of other non-metro airports including aerodromes in the north-east region.

As part of the government's plan to develop six major hubs in the country, AAI is modernising the Kolkata airport in the eastern part of the country with an investment of Rs 1,500 crore. The existing airport in Kolkata is around 1,150 kms from Guwahati.

At present, almost all the airlines including Jet Airways and Air Deccan are operating to Guwahati from various cities of the country. The existing guidelines require all the scheduled carriers in the country to operate at least 10% of their trunk route capacity in Category II routes, meant to connect the north-eastern region and other hilly and not-easily-accessible areas such as Lakshadweep and Andaman Nicobar Islands. Following the recent announcement of a policy on regional airlines, more carriers are expected to operate to Guwahati and other cities in the region.

http://articles.economictimes.india...3243_1_kolkata-airport-guwahati-modernisation
 

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AAI pushes multi-crore airports expansion plan


GUWAHATI: Airport Authority of India (AAI) has drawn up an ambitious plan for expanding various airports in the state. The plan includes a parallel runway and taxi track at Guwahati's Lokpariya Gopinath Bordoloi International airport, which has become one of the busiest airports in the country. V P Agarwal, AAI chairman, on Tuesday submitted the plans to chief minister Tarun Gogoi at a meeting in the state capital.


A government spokesman said: "Agarwal apprised the chief minister about the slew of steps being initiated by AAI for construction of new integrated terminal building and parallel taxi track at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport in Guwahati to cope with the heavy inflow of passengers. The chairman requested the chief minister for handing over of land being acquired by the state government for the expansion and modernization of LGBI. Officials of the revenue department have assured that the remaining land of the required 343 acres will be handed over to AAI within the next seven days."


Agarwal informed the chief minister that Rs 500 crore would be required for a parallel runway, Rs 150 crore for traffic taxi and Rs 100 crore for land acquisition. "The AAI chairman requested the chief minister to move the North Eastern Council (NEC) for funds. The chief minister said he will take up the matter with NEC," the spokesman added.

Gogoi on his part urged Agarwal to explore other sources for funds while chief secretary in-charge, P P Varma, urged AAI to ensure that the land acquisition cost presently borne by the state government for airports expansion should be shared by other state governments, DoNER and NEC since Assam serves as the aviation hub for the entire region.

The spokesman said that Gogoi and Agarwal also discussed the proposed expansion plan for Rowriah airport in Jorhat. "The AAI chairman informed the chief minister that they would like to go in for expansion at the site presently under occupation of the Assam Rifles, who have agreed to swap land in lieu of another suitable plot. The chief minister said he will instruct the Jorhat deputy commissioner to expedite the matter and also asked AAI officials to make an on-the-spot assessment."

Agarwal pointed out that building the airport infrastructure at the site occupied by Assam Rifles along with the land being identified at the other side of the railway track would provide a wider approach to the airport and easier access to the National Highway. Agarwal pointed out that night-landing facility could be set up if Air Force issued a no objection certificate, the spokesman said.

Expansion of Lakhimpur's Lilabari airport and a training academy also figured in the discussion with AAI officials informing Gogoi that talks are going on with the Arunachal Pradesh government and NEC for acquisition of land. On request of the chief minister, AAI chairman said that it would provide space and a hangar for Assam Flying Club to operate from Lilabari airport.

The AAI also submitted plans for expansion plan (Phase I) of Mohanbari Airport in Dibrugarh with night-landing facility, revival of Rupshi airport at Dhubri, where the Indian Air Force has also shown a keen interest.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiat...i-chairman-airports-expansion-parallel-runway
 

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Flight traffic is growing in north east India as there is robust demand for air travel. The route disbursal policy of the Government of India which stipulates operation of flights in non metros has brought about a sea change to the skyline of Guwahati though some aviation biggies have voiced their resentment against this policy.

Passenger traffic of Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (LGBI) in Guwahati is growing at the rate of 20 percent annually while the all India growth is around 15 to 18 percent. Passenger traffic in north east India has systemically increased from 4 percent to 16 percent and has touched 28 percent. In the face of growing traffic at Guwahati airport, AAI has chalked out a massive expansion plan. A new airport terminal is going to come up. Already the infrastructure facility of the airport has undergone revamping twice.


The Chairman of AAI, VP Agrawal remarked that the present setup of the Guwahati airport will not be sufficient in the long run as Guwahati airport is the ninth biggest airport in terms of traffic.

The new terminal will have three hangers and a passenger handling facility of 1200 during peak hours which can presently cater to 500 passengers. The possibilities of a cargo terminal are being explored at Guwahati airport. The terminal will be around 50,000 square meters. Dr J. Balaji, Secretary Industry Assam explained, “We are trying to arrange requisite land for the cargo terminal at the airport. This terminal will help in the export of different commodities from the region especially the perishable commodities.” However a large chunk of north east India is still devoid of airports and air services. Greenfield airports are coming in Gangtok in Sikkim and in Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh. Gangtok airport with `320 Crore is expected to start functioning by next year. The Itanagar airport will require Rs 950 Crore. North east India has 23 airports out of which 12 are operational.


Ministry of Civil aviation is developing Tezu, Pasighat, Along, Daparizo (Arunachal Pradesh), Kamalpur (Tripura) and Rupsi (Assam). Altogether the Government of India is investing close to Rs 2000 Crore for the development of at least eight airports in north east India. Around Rs 500 crore would be required for parallel runway, Rs 150 crore for traffic taxi and Rs 100 crore for land cost for expansion of Guwahati airport. The airport will also get night landing facility. Expansion of Lakhimpur’s Lilabari airport and a training academy also figured in the discussion between the AAI Chairman and Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi recently. The AAI officials informed the Chief Minister that talks are going on with the Government of Arunachal Pradesh and North Eastern Council (NEC) for acquisition of land.

http://www.easternpanorama.in/index...d=1909:plane-speak&catid=6:contents&Itemid=10
 

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28th Oct, 2010 Drukair first commercial flight to Guwahati

Businessmen in the east can bring in goods from Bangkok like their counterparts in the west. Similarly, government officials have the option of flying abroad from Guwahati, instead of having to travel to Paro. Tourists have an alternate route to enter or exit Bhutan.

The country’s national airline, Drukair, inaugurated its route from Paro to destinations abroad via Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi international airport in Guwahati on October 26. Flights will be operational from October 31.

Drukair officials said the 50-minute flight to and from Assam would be an en-route stop for flights to and from Bangkok.

Drukair chief executive officer, Tandin Jamtsho, said the new route was initiated bearing in mind the potential growth of tourism in Bhutan.

He said almost three years of market research had gone into the initiative before starting Drukair to Bangkok flights via Guwahati.

Except for a proof of identity, Tandin Jamtsho added that Bhutanese and Indians flying to and from Bhutan need not have visas.

“The Air Bus A-319, which will operate fortnightly with a capacity of 114 passengers, will have 94 seats in the economy class and 20 in the business class,” he said.

Tourism council director general Kezang Wangdi said it was unlikely for Indian tourists visiting Bhutan to face any problems since language was no barrier, Indian currency was widely accepted, just as Indian food was.

The consul general of the royal Bhutan consulate, Kolkata, Tshering Wangda, said it would ease travel for Bhutanese of six eastern districts, which are close to Guwahati.

“This flight will not only benefit the tourist, but also the country’s government officials as they’ll take less time to reach eastern Bhutan,” he said.

The days of operations have been decided as Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Flight rates between Guwahati to Paro stand at Nu 3,000 and Nu 6,000 from Guwahati to Bangkok.

Drukair currently operates into Bangkok, Delhi, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Gaya and Bagdogra. Plans to expand flights to Hong Kong, Singapore, Mumbai and China are in the pipeline. Source: Kuenselonline

http://www.bhutanmajestictravel.com/news/2010/drukair-first-commercial-flight-to-guwahati.html
 

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i hope this plan may be little old as there is no 2nd runway as being envisaged by airport authority of india.

According to this plan there is a plan to develop an international terminal around 500 meters away with apron and commercial complexes. but according to recent news there is a plan to develop an integrated terminal building. besides additional 343 acers will be acquired for 2nd ruway.
 

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Guwahati ranked 13th in terms of busiest airport in india in 2010



guwahati was behind kozikode airport in terms of passenger traffic in 2010.

guwahati recorded 31.00 % and kozikode recorded 29.25 % growth in terms of passenger traffic over 2009 traffic data.(both domestic and international)
 

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Look East policy will give a big boost to assam's economy and once intergrated terminal building and 2nd ruway become operational, guwhati airport will eb able to handle more traffic and there will be dramatic increase in passenger traffic. and it may overtake trivandrum and pune airport to become 10th busiest in next couple of years.

expected traffic for this calender year is 2.66 million.
 

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last time when i took off from LGBI airport, we had to board the flight from parking bay, which is located near the proposed international and cargo complex. i have not been to guwahati after that. it would be nice if you could give some updates on this, when you fly next time from here.
 

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Saraighat Bridge completes a milestone, enters its 50th year

GUWAHATI, June 7: Saraighat Bridge, the first rail-cum-road bridge to be constructed over the mighty Brahmaputra, entered its 50th year on Thursday.

Before the bridge was constructed, it took an hour to travel from Pandu to Amingaon on a steamer during summer and around 40 minutes during winter. In fact, during winter people also had to walk for a long distance in order to reach the river banks as sand accumulated on either side of the river banks made it difficult for the steamers to reach the river ghats.

Tracing back its history, NF Railway Public Relations Officer (PRO) Nripen Bhatta said that construction of the Saraighat Bridge started in 1958. It was formally inaugurated in 1963 by the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and he had christened the bridge as the Saraighat Bridge. Indira Gandhi had also accompanied her father to Assam for the inauguration. The estimated cost of the bridge was Rs 10.65 crore. Its length is 1,492 meters.

Then Assam MP, Hem Baruah, played a pivotal role in the construction of this bridge which serves as a crucial link between Assam’s north and south banks. The Saraighat Bridge is an important connectivity link, not just for Assam but also for the entire Northeast. The role of this bridge in the socio-economic development of Assam, as well as the other Northeastern States, cannot be denied.

A new three-lane concrete road bridge is under construction by the side of the Saraighat Bridge.


http://www.sentinelassam.com/mainnews/story.php?sec=1&subsec=0&id=120317&dtP=2012-06-08&ppr=1#120317
 

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@ambarish

last time when i took off from LGBI airport, we had to board the flight from parking bay, which is located near the proposed international and cargo complex. i have not been to guwahati after that. it would be nice if you could give some updates on this, when you fly next time from here.
Hi Sunny,

My recent visit to the airport was around Jan 2012. The remote parking bay (which is around 500 meters east of the present terminal) is ready and functioning. Land has been flattened and ready for construction, however, nothing is going on. My personal observation is that the space earmarked for the terminal construction seems very limited. Parking space and other would suffer. It might be ok for another 8~10 years....but if the growth rate of 25~30 percent continues, its going to be another example of bad planning.
 
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