Kishangarh Airport

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Ajmer Airport
Summary
Owner/Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Ajmer
Website www.aai.aero/allAirports/kishangarh.jsp
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05/23 2,152 Concrete

Kishangarh Airport (ICAO: VIKG) is being constructed at Kishangarh on National Highway 8,near the famous O.P Marble at Makrana Road; 27 km North East of Ajmer in Rajasthan, India. The airport is being built by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and is expected to commence operations in July 2017.[1] The airport will cover an area of 637 acres and will have a 2,000 metre long runway.

History[edit]

The original proposal for an airport at Kishangarh came following Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's visit to Ajmer. Initial government efforts to acquire land for the project at Sardana had to be abandoned before the current location was chosen by the district administration.[2] Kishangarh Airport is the first of over 100 airports that are to be built in India by 2020. The foundation stone of the project was laid by the then Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh in September 2013. The project is being undertaken by the Airports Authority of India at a cost of about 161 crores.[1][3][4] 441 acres of land was handed over for the project in 2013.[5]


Location[edit]

Kishangarh town is itself famous for its marble industry and is on the National Highway 8 near the famous O.P Marble at Makrana Road. The airport is located 27 km from the city of Ajmer. The airport is expected to facilitate transport to the pilgrim sites like the dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in the city of Ajmer and also to Pushkar, the site of the annual Pushkar Fair and give a fillip to the region's economic development.[3][6]

Name[edit]

Demands for naming the airport after Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti and Prithviraj Chauhan have been raised by Muslim and Hindu groups. Though Government has decided to name it as Kishangarh Airport.[2]

Facilities[edit]

A 2700 sq m passenger terminal building will handle 150 in and out-bound passengers per hour. Other features at the terminal include 6 check-in counters, two X-ray screening machines for baggage screening and an elevated baggage conveyor belt in the arrivals terminal. The airport will also have parking space for 125 cars.[7]The terminal will feature three-dimensional murals made of marble, 'Bani Thani' portraits, the paintings of the Kishangarh school of paintings and fountains to give the project a local touch.[5] The airport will have a 2,000 metre long runway that will allow daytime operation of smaller aircraft. The parking apron will be able to simultaneously accommodate two ATR aircraft initially.[7]

The Airport Authority of India will generate 100 megawatt power from solar energy to light up the under-construction Ajmer airport at Kishangarh. Considering the scarcity of water in the area, AAI will build a water harvesting system at the airport as also a modern sewage treatment plant for re-use of water.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Focus on connecting small cities by air: Manmohan". The Hindu. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Controversy over, Kishangarh airport to be final name". Times of India. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "More than 100 airports to connect small cities by 2020: PM". Deccan Chronicle. 22 September 2013. Archived from the original on 22 September 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  4. ^ 2 years on, Kishangarh airport script still awry
  5. ^ a b "Kishangarh airport likely to be operationalised by July next year". The Economic Times. 15 May 2016. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Manmohan Singh lays foundation stone of Kishangarh airport in Ajmer". DNA. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Kishangarh airport to be operational in 36 months". Times of India. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Ajmer airport to run on solar energy". The Times of India. 3 January 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 

Coordinates: 26°36′05″N 74°48′51″E / 26.6014728°N 74.8141467°E / 26.6014728; 74.8141467