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AAI asked to conduct EIA for parallel taxiway at Dabolim

26 Sep 2017 05:29am IST
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26 Sep 2017 05:29am IST

PANJIM: The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the Union Ministry for Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has directed the Airport Authority of India (AAI) to conduct an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) study with focus on traffic decongestion plan at the Dabolim airport for its proposed Rs 183 crore parallel taxi track at the international airport.

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PANJIM: The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the Union Ministry for Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has directed the Airport Authority of India (AAI) to conduct an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) study with focus on traffic decongestion plan at the Dabolim airport for its proposed Rs 183 crore parallel taxi track at the international airport. 

EAC gave this direction at its meeting on September 11-13, while exempting the project from public hearing as per EIA notification 2006. AAI had approached EAC for approval of Terms of Reference (ToR) for its project. The project is expected to be completed within 30 months.

“The EIA should specifically address vehicular traffic management as well as estimation of vehicular parking area. A detailed traffic management and a traffic decongestion plan shall be drawn up through an organisation of repute and specialising in transport planning,” the EAC said in its recommendation.

“The plan to be implemented to the satisfaction of the State Urban Development and Transport Departments shall also include the consent of all the concerned implementing agencies,” it directed.

AAI in its proposal has stated that due to the absence of parallel taxi track on the northern side of Runway 08-26, aircraft have to backtrack on the runway to reach the civil apron using taxiways N1/N2, N4, N5 or using curtailed parallel taxi track on the southern side. 

This process limits the runway capacity of handling aircraft. 

AAI said that in order to reduce the runway occupancy time by civil flights, a full length parallel taxi track suitable for B747 type of aircraft is required. AAI and Indian Navy entered into a MOU for the same as AAI and Indian Navy to share the cost of construction 50:50.

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