Dehradun Airport Expansion Proposal sent to National Wildlife Board for transferring 243 acres of forest land to Airports Authority of India

Uttarakhand authorities have sent a Dehradun Airport expansion proposal to National Wildlife Board seeking clearance for transferring 243 acres of forest land to the Airports Authority of India.

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Uttarakhand authorities have sent a Dehradun Airport expansion proposal to National Wildlife Board seeking clearance for transferring 243 acres of forest land to the Airports Authority of India. Additional Chief Conservator of Forests DJK Sharma said that “The proposal for transferring 243 acres of forest land to the AAI for the expansion of the airport, including its runway, has been sent to the National Wildlife Board for its clearance.”

The expansion of the airport will entail cutting of nearly 10,000 trees in the Thano range of the Dehradun forest division, which may also affect the movement of elephants in the elephant corridors located close to the land.

He said that the expansion of the airport is necessary considering the strategic importance of Uttarakhand, which shares borders with China. The Forest Department proposal may come up for the consideration of the National Wildlife Board at its meeting scheduled for October 5.
The area proposed to be given for airport development is within a 10-km radius of Rajaji National Park Eco-Sensitive Zone, and notified elephant corridors are also located within just three-km radius of it, Sharma said.

The new domestic terminal building that is underway will feature 36 check-in counters, four aerobridges, facilities like self-check-in kiosks, and an inline baggage screening facility, amongst others. A utility block, a car park, sewage treatment plant, rainwater harvesting facilities, and other ancillary structures are also planned.

“With an area of 42,776 sqm, the new terminal building will be able to handle around 1,800 passengers during peak hours, thereby expanding the capacity of the airport by eightfold. The new terminal building will have a concourse, check-in area, security hold and arrival lounge on the ground floor, secure hold on the first floor, and various offices on the mezzanine floor, ”states a press statement by Airports Authority of India.

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