The Union Government has approved development works worth Rs200 crore for Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport.Shwet Malik, Rajya Sabha MP, who is also member of the Aviation Consultative Committee, announced this after a meeting with officials of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) here today.He said besides constructing a shopping mall and a multi-storey parking lot, landscaping of its periphery would be carried out. He said the work would be kicked off soon and finished in the next two years.“Advanced technical apparatus like ILS CAT II B worth Rs80 crore is also being installed. It will take the Amritsar airport in the elite club of world-class airports in India that facilitate landing and taking off aircraft at a low visibility of 50 m. At present, the runway is equipped with CAT-II ILS system, enabling aircraft movement above 350 m visibility. Similarly, over Rs100 crore is being invested for re-carpeting and consolidation of the 12,000-ft-long runway,” he said.He claimed that the combined strength of the number of passengers of Punjabi origin at Delhi and Amritsar airports had shot up to more than three crore this year from two crore earlier. He said after the start of international flights, the revenue losses of Amritsar airport were expected to come down to Rs35 crore this fiscal from Rs50 crore in the last financial year.
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