The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will spend Rs690 million in the current year for development of sustainable rainwater resources, completion of the under-construction meteorological office and setting up accommodation for personnel of the Airport Security Force (ASF) at the New Islamabad International Airport (NIIA).
The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has approved for development of sustainable rainwater resources and construction of Ramma Dam to meet water requirements of the new airport at an estimated cost of Rs1,657 million, of which Rs 684.74 million has already been spent. An additional amount of Rs271.41 million has been allocated under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2015-16 for completion of the project, according to a budgetary document released by the government.
According to CAA officials, the dam was being built in coordination with the Small Dams Organisation, Islamabad.
Similarly, Rs18.58 million has been allocated for setting up the Meteorological Office at the airport. The government has also allocated Rs400 million for construction of accommodation barracks for ASF personnel. A power plant will also be installed to ensure regular electricity to the airport to cater to the needs of 15 million passengers in a year.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 5th, 2015.
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