Senators want additional roads for Bacha Khan airport

Published: June 15, 2017
Officials check quality of food. PHOTO: FILE

Officials check quality of food. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Senate panel on the Bacha Khan International Airport Peshawar (BKIAP) on Wednesday recommended that the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government build two additional roads linking the airport.

The Special Committee on Bacha Khan International Airport Peshawar (BKIAP) met at the Parliament House on Wednesday with Senator Mohsin Aziz in the chair.

The committee was briefed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on the progress made in implementing recommendations made by the committee during its May 10 meeting.

The committee discussed in detail expansion of the approach road for BKIAP.

Senator Aziz directed the CAA that plans for a four-lane incoming road and a two-lane outgoing road should be finalised as soon as possible.

A representative of the defence ministry was nominated as the focal person for dealing with all correspondence related to the land allotment for the road.

The committee, after deliberating on the issue, recommended that a letter shall be written to the K-P government.

The committee also recommended that Khyber Road or Bahadur Yar Jang road should also be cleared for access to the airport in order to ease travel for passengers. The committee also recommended that the CAA initiate a tendering process whereby the two acres of land which had been by the Pakistan Air Force are utilised.

Moreover, the committee was also briefed upon the current conditions of Bacha Khan Airport and as per committee’s recommendation, counters of custom and immigration have been increased.

Senior officials of CAA told the committee that a new car parking would be constructed with a capacity of 1,500 vehicles at BKIAP.

The committee was further informed that two studies are being conducted for building a new airport in Peshawar, adding that for international study, tenders had been published in the national press.

The committee was informed that after a survey of international standards is complete, its report would be shared with the committee for selection of a suitable location for the new airport in Peshawar.

Senator Aziz remarked that since this was the last meeting of the committee, a report shall be presented in the upper house soon.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 15th, 2017.

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