Chandigarh, March 12: Aiming for a better development of aviation sector in the state, the Haryana government has finalised an action plan for the development of an international aviation hub at Hisar in three phases. Haryana government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Airports Authority of India. The MoU aims at the development of an International Aviation Hub at Hisar.
The existing airfield will be upgraded into a regional connectivity scheme airport under UDAAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) scheme in six to eight months in the first phase. Thereafter, in phase two, the runway will be extended from 4,000 feet to 9,000 feet for maintenance, repair and overhauling (MRO), parking and sub-basing operations.
The project was also proposed to expand the existing airstrips at Pinjore, Karnal, Bhiwani and Narnaul, from the current length of 3,000 feet to 5,000 feet and developing parking space for accommodating spill over from Delhi Airport for parking and maintenance, repair and overhauling activities.
The international aviation hub is proposed to be developed around the existing civil airstrip at Hisar.
Hisar might develop as an important economic zone in future due to many possibilities. As per local reports, an official said Hisar has been notified by the Central Government in Bharat Mala Project with possibilities for a Delhi-Sirsa Economic Corridor and connection to Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) via Rohtak-Rewari link.
The state reserved 4,200 acres of land adjoining the pre-existing airstrip, to be utilized for the project. A joint working group has also been comprised to guide the State Government in developing the Aviation Hub. Advisor of the Civil Aviation Department Ashok Sangwan signed the MoU on behalf of the state government while head of business management Anil Kumar Gupta signed on behalf of the AAI.
The proposed aviation hub plans for a 9,000 feet runway with international standards airport along with several other facilities including ample parking for airlines and general aviation (GA) operators, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities, aerospace university, global training centre for pilots, engineers and ground handling staff and residential and commercial development.