Bihta Air Force Station
|Air Force Station, Bihta
वायु सेना हवाई अड्डा, बिहटा
|Operator||Indian Air Force|
|Elevation AMSL||194 ft / 59 m|
The Bihta Air Force Station is an Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Bihta, Bihar, India. The military airfield, commanded by a Group Captain rank IAF officer, lies 40 kilometres southwest of state capital Patna and is spread over an area of around 900 acres.
The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has proposed to develop a civil enclave at Bihta to serve as a second airport for Patna. The Indian Air Force gave its consent in April 2016 for commercial flight operations from the Bihta airbase as a medium-term measure for development air operations from Patna. The state government was keen on developing the civil conclave on 85 acres of land on the western side of the airbase. The Khagaul-Shivala-Bihta road, which will be broadened to four lanes, will connect the airport with the city. AAI had earlier estimated a requirement of 600 acres of land for the first Phase and another 790 acres for the second Phase in lieu of the existing Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport in Patna.
In October 2016, Bihar cabinet approved the Patna master plan 2031 which envisages development of a new airport at Bihta. Bihar government is acquiring 126 acres of land for construction of the new airport. Bihar cabinet approved a budget of Rs 260 crore for the acquisition of 126 acres for Bihta airport which will be completed by October 2019.
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- "Bihta gets bigger wings". The Telegraph. 8 April 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
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- "पटना मास्टर प्लान 2031 मेट्रोपोलिटन कमेटी नक्शा पास करेगी".
- "Land identified to make Bihta airport operational for flyers".
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