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Long way for project to get off ground
At present, Alliance Air operates a single two-way flight between Ludhiana and Delhi four days a week with a small (ATR 42) aircraft from Sahnewal airport. Tribune file photo

Long way for project to get off ground

Civil airport at Halwara: MoU not signed, land not acquired, many clearances yet to be obtained11 Dec 2018 | 1:45 AM

LUDHIANA: Even though preliminary work to arrange land for the construction of a civilian terminal for an international airport at Air Force Station, Halwara, has been set in motion, the task of acquiring 135.54 acre land needed for the project is easier said than done.

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Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, December 10

Even though preliminary work to arrange land for the construction of a civilian terminal for an international airport at Air Force Station, Halwara, has been set in motion, the task of acquiring 135.54 acre land needed for the project is easier said than done.

Parminder Singh Gill, chief administrator of the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA), said: “Land in Aitiana village falling in Raikot sub-division has been identified for the acquisition through land-pooling scheme. Under the scheme, instead of cash compensation, developed residential and/or commercial sites are offered to land owners, which cuts down the hassle of litigation, award and enhancement, normally faced under traditional mode of land acquisition.”

But the flipside in land pooling scheme is that all owners of land identified to be taken over have to give their consent and voluntarily offer their land in lieu of developed residential plots or commercial sites.

Gill said GLADA officials and the state Revenue Department would start interaction with land owners and awareness camps would also be organised to apprise them with the benefits of land-pooling scheme.

Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu had claimed that the proposed airport (at Halwara) would be able to take full-fledged operations of Code 4C-type aircrafts (Boeing and Airbus). Sources, however, claim that it would be too early to expect miracles as far as the execution of the Civilian International Airport at Halwara became a reality.

“The MOU is yet to be signed, land has to be arranged with the consent of the land owners and a lot many clearances have to be obtained from various departments, which can take quite some time,” sources said.

Cabinet nod accorded last week

After the Punjab Cabinet accorded its nod for the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Airport Authority of India (AAI) last week, it has been proposed to form a joint venture company (JVC) to execute the project.

As per the modalities, AAI, which would bear the cost of construction of the civilian terminal for the international airport, would hold 51 per cent majority stakes and the state would have 49 per cent equity through GLADA. The government would make its contribution towards the cost of the project by the way of providing required land (135.54 acre) free of cost. After the construction of the terminal and the airport becoming operational, the JVC would be responsible for operations, maintenance and repairs.

Long pending demand

Domestic and international air connectivity of the business and industrial capital of the state has been a long standing demand of the city, which, it seems, have not been accorded the priority that it merited. Presently, a lone Alliance Air flight from Ludhiana to Delhi operates four days a week from Sahnewal domestic airport, that too with small aircrafts – mostly the Twin Turboprop ATR 42 (48 seater) and more often than not being erratic due to inadequate facilities.


Question mark over feasibility

Mohali International Airport 

  • Distance from Ludhiana: Nearly 110 km
  • Domestic and International flights already operational
  • Basic infrastructure already in place
  • Road connectivity with Ludhiana very good

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Halwara International Airport (proposed)

  • Distance from Ludhiana to proposed access: Nearly 40 km
  • Existing Air Force airbase, but numerous NOCs have to be obtained
  • Basic infrastructure and terminals have to be constructed
  • Road connectivity with proposed access uncertain
Panchayat poll

Govt employees forced to shelve year-end plans

11 Dec 2018 | 1:45 AM

LUDHIANA: Several government employees have put their year-end vacation plans on hold as the schedule of gram panchayat elections have been announced for the end of this month.

Gateman suspended after he forgets to close rly crossing

11 Dec 2018 | 1:45 AM

LUDHIANA: The gateman deployed at Grain Market railway crossing near Arora Palace Cinema has been suspended after he did not close the railway crossing when a freight train was approaching on Friday night.

Life inprisonment for raping minor

11 Dec 2018 | 1:45 AM

LUDHIANA: The court of Additional Sessions Judge Jagdeep Kaur Virk has convicted Ashok Kumar of Jeewan Nagar, Ludhiana, on the charge of raping a neighbour’s minor girl.

Some hope for Kheri Naudh Singh residents

Some hope for Kheri Naudh Singh residents

11 Dec 2018 | 1:45 AM

A sewage water treatment plant of Seechewal model will be set up in Kheri Naudh Singh village here at the cost of Rs1.25 lakh to solve the-long pending demand of the villagers to treat stagnant water.

Living in hell, say irate residentsChoked sewers

Living in hell, say irate residents

11 Dec 2018 | 1:45 AM

LUDHIANA: Residents of Dhandari Khurd have sought assistance from Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu to bring an end to their misery of living with choked sewers.

High fuel prices hurting farmers in state, says BKU

High fuel prices hurting farmers in state, says BKU

11 Dec 2018 | 1:45 AM

LUDHIANA: In order to express their resentment over high fuel prices in comparison to neighouring states, farmers from Punjab would hold protests at all district headquarters on December 17.

Jurisdiction hampers repair workJeevan Nagar–Focal Point road

Jurisdiction hampers repair work

11 Dec 2018 | 1:45 AM

LUDHIANA: Residents, traders and shopkeepers held a protest against authorities concerned for delay in repair work of Jeevan Nagar – Focal Point road on Monday.

Students heave a sigh of relief

Students heave a sigh of relief

11 Dec 2018 | 1:45 AM

LUDHIANA: The students appearing for various competitive examinations need not worry now even if their semester exams clash on the particular date.

Agri university scholar bags Split-site Commonwealth scholarship

11 Dec 2018 | 1:45 AM

LUDHIANA: Dr Dinesh Kumar, a PhD Scholar of Department of Livestock Products Technology from Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) bagged prestigious Commonwealth Split-site Scholarship 2018 funded by the UK Government, through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom.

Agriculture Development Officers attend induction programme

11 Dec 2018 | 1:45 AM

LUDHIANA: Punjab Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (PAMETI) conducted an induction training of newly recruited officials of the Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Punjab, from December 3 to 8.

Karateka honoured

11 Dec 2018 | 1:45 AM

KHANNA: Tarun Sharma, a student of the AS College was honoured for winning two gold medals in the Second International Ukraine Karate Cup, organised by World Karate Federation at Leviv, Ukraine.

Science Congress NationalsSchool Notes

Science Congress Nationals

11 Dec 2018 | 1:45 AM

Ludhiana: Two teams from BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, Ludhiana, were selected to represent their research projects at the 26th National Children Science Congress, which will be held at Bhuvaneshwar from December 27 to 31.

Visit to garment industryCollege notes

Visit to garment industry

11 Dec 2018 | 1:45 AM

Ludhiana: Students of masters in fashion designing and management, Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, got an opportunity to visit Nagesh Knitwears Private Limited.

Lok Manch highlights govt apathy towards disabled

Lok Manch highlights govt apathy towards disabled

11 Dec 2018 | 2:22 AM

MANDI AHMEDGARH:Office bearers and activists of various trade outfits gathered under the banner of the Apang Suang Lok (ASUL) Manch to protest against the apathy of

Man alleges torture by wife

11 Dec 2018 | 1:45 AM

SAHNEWAL: A Sahnewal- based Gurjit Singh of Model town has alleged torture at the hands of his wife for the last 12 years.

School students vow to fight drug menace

School students vow to fight drug menace

11 Dec 2018 | 1:45 AM

RAIKOT: Students of various schools of the subdivision vowed to further the agenda of the state government to implement the Drug Abuse Prevention Officer (DAPO) programme in letter and spirit by spreading awareness about causes and consequences of drug addiction.

324 get spectacles during eye-care seminar

324 get spectacles during eye-care seminar

11 Dec 2018 | 1:45 AM

MANDI AHMEDGARH: Administration’s movement to identify students suffering from visual ailments has received support from social and medical organisations.

Movement to elect sarpanches unanimously launched

Movement to elect sarpanches unanimously launched

11 Dec 2018 | 1:45 AM

MANDI AHMEDGARH: With the intent to curb factionalism among leaders of various villages of the Ahmedgarh subdivision, legislator Surjit Singh Dhiman, has launched a movement to elect maximum number of sarpanches, unanimously.

Medical notes

CME on patient-physician relationship

11 Dec 2018 | 2:22 AM

Department of Critical Care Medicine and Department of Anaesthesia of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, in collaboration with that of Ludhiana and Punjab Chapter of Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine organised a Continuing Medical Examination (CME) on a very important aspect of health care ‘patient physician relationship’.

MACHMA Expo-2018 concludes amid fanfare

MACHMA Expo-2018 concludes amid fanfare

11 Dec 2018 | 1:45 AM

LUDHIANA: The four- day 5th MACHMA Expo-2018 witnessed overwhelming response on the concluding day.

GST consolidated annual return filing marred with confusion

11 Dec 2018 | 1:45 AM

LUDHIANA: There has been a lot of confusion over the date of extension of filing the GST consolidated annual returns.

Congress supporting rehri mafia: LIP

11 Dec 2018 | 1:45 AM

LUDHIANA: The Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) has once again opposed fee being charged from street vendors.

Vinod bags seven medals in gymnastics championship64th Punjab Schools Gymnastics Championship

Vinod bags seven medals in gymnastics championship

11 Dec 2018 | 1:45 AM

LUDHIANA: Ludhiana city-based Vinod Bhatt Chettri stamped his class and reaped a rich haul of 7 medals, including two gold medals in the 64th Punjab Schools Gymnastics Championship.

Anup, Husanpreet, Sukhmanpreet adjudged athlete of the year

Anup, Husanpreet, Sukhmanpreet adjudged athlete of the year

11 Dec 2018 | 1:45 AM

SAHNEWAL: Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Sahnewal, held its 15th annual sports meet today.

Sports meet to be held for govt school teachers

11 Dec 2018 | 1:45 AM

LUDHIANA: Not just students but even teachers need to participate in sport activities to keep themselves healthy and fit.

Snippets

Two mobile snatchers held

11 Dec 2018 | 1:45 AM

Ludhiana: The police have arrested two persons and recovered three looted mobile phones from them.

Snippets

Rs 20 K snatched from woman

10 Dec 2018 | 12:51 AM

Ludhiana: A woman was targeted by bike-borne snatchers at Block D of Model Town.

SCHOOL NOTES

Annual day celebrations

10 Dec 2018 | 12:51 AM

Ludhiana: The Police DAV Public School organised its annual day function on Sunday on the theme Prakrati-Ek Anubhuti.

Crime briefs

Body recovered from nullah

10 Dec 2018 | 12:51 AM

Ludhiana: Panic gripped the Iqbal Nagar on Saturday after residents noticed a body wrapped in a bag in the Buddha Nullah.

Joint efforts to beat plastic pollution need of the hourOpen House: How can the city be made free of plastic?

Joint efforts to beat plastic pollution need of the hour

10 Dec 2018 | 12:51 AM

The city must be made free of plastic waste by adopting different steps.

Zila Parishad road in a shambles

10 Dec 2018 | 12:51 AM

LUDHIANA: Recently, the Supreme Court had expressed deep concerns over people losing lives due to road accidents and reprimanded the authorities concerned.

Vishal wins bodybuilding c’shipMr Libra-2018

Vishal wins bodybuilding c’ship

10 Dec 2018 | 12:51 AM

LUDHIANA: As many as 40 participants participated in the Bodybuilding and Fitness Competition for Mr Libra-2018 organised at Libra Health Club.

Ambuja Manovikas Kendra bag overall trophy

Ambuja Manovikas Kendra bag overall trophy

10 Dec 2018 | 12:51 AM

LUDHIANA: Three-day 21st edition of the Punjab State Special Olympics organised by the District Special Olympics Association, Ludhiana, concluded today at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar.

Work with confidence, ACP advises women

Work with confidence, ACP advises women

10 Dec 2018 | 12:51 AM

LUDHIANA: The Bharat Vikas Parishad organised a state-level event titled “Mahila sammelan” at the Viklang Sahayeta Kendra, Rishi Nagar, Ludhiana, on Sunday.

Over 20,000 visit MACHMA Exhibition

10 Dec 2018 | 12:51 AM

LUDHIANA: The third day of the 5th MACHMA Expo-2018 witnessed massive footfall on Sunday. More than 20,000 visitors from Punjab visited the exhibition and saw latest machinery and technology.

‘Central Government must pass ordinance on Ram Mandir’

‘Central Government must pass ordinance on Ram Mandir’

10 Dec 2018 | 12:51 AM

LUDHIANA: Kashmiri Lal, organisational secretary, Akhil Bhartiya Swadeshi Jagran Manch, said though there were thousands of Ram temples all over the country but the fact remains that the birth place of Lord Rama is Ayodhya and he has been confined to a make shift temporary structure for the last 25 years.

Cheating death a daily affair

Cheating death a daily affair

10 Dec 2018 | 12:51 AM

LUDHIANA: The passengers travelling on Ferozepur-Ludhiana route have been playing hide and seek with tragedy all this while.

Shun politics based on caste, says PPI (D)

10 Dec 2018 | 12:51 AM

LUDHIANA: Under the state presidentship of Ramnath Sunda, a state-level meeting of the People Party of India (PPI) (Democratic) was organised at the circuit house.

Artificial limbs distributed

Artificial limbs distributed

10 Dec 2018 | 12:51 AM

LUDHIANA: A free artificial limbs distribution camp was organised by the Maharaja Agarsen Sewa Sangh, Ludhiana at Shri Laxami Narayan Dharamshala, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, today.

Reporter's Diary

The ‘disabled’ beggar

10 Dec 2018 | 12:51 AM

The menace of beggars in the city is increasing day by day. On all the major roundabouts, and near malls and markets, the beggars, including old men, women and children are seen begging for alms in pitiable condition.

Effluents biggest threat to rivers: Seechewal

Effluents biggest threat to rivers: Seechewal

10 Dec 2018 | 12:51 AM

LUDHIANA: Environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal on Sunday said the only solution to tackle the pollution of rivers is to stop the discharge of untreated pollutants – industrial as well as municipal – into the water bodies.

Film Fest rolls out red carpet for youngsters

Film Fest rolls out red carpet for youngsters

10 Dec 2018 | 12:51 AM

LUDHIANA: A total of 11 short films exploring different subjects were showcased at the Ishmeet Singh Music Institute on Sunday on the second day of the 4th Short Film Fest held at the institute in Ludhiana.

HPSC flouting Smart City guidelines, alleges engineers’ council

10 Dec 2018 | 12:51 AM

LUDHIANA: The Council of Engineers, a private body of engineers, has filed complaint with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) against State-Level High Powered Steering Committee (HPSC) for allegedly not following the Smart City Guidelines for Ludhiana, Amritsar and Jalandhar, which are to be developed as smart cities.

Make us anti-drug drive ambassadors, says Palledar Union

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10 Dec 2018 | 12:51 AM

MANDI AHMEDGARH: Office-bearers of group associated with the Punjab Palledar Union, Ahmedgarh, expressed their desire to be made ambassadors of the government’s drive against drug addiction as they been have been opposing abuse of drugs and ritually distributing desi ghee among their members for last four decades.

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