Bhopal, Indore airport ready by next year: Praful

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New Delhi, Mar 5: The work of modernisation of Bhopal, Indore and Khajuraho airports will be completed next year, the Rajya Sabha was told today.

Replying to supplementaries during the Question Hour in the House, Minister for Civil Aviation Praful Patel said soon big aircrafts could land in Bhopal as its runway was being expanded to 9000 feet.

He said the three airports in the State were being modernised under the scheme of upgradation of airports in 35 non-metro cities.

Replying to another supplementary, he said according to the National Physical Research Laboratory, there was no harm to the Khajuraho temples by the vibrations caused by aircrafts due to the vicinity of the ancient structures near the airport.

The matter would be reviewed again if in future the number and frequency of flights increased, he said.

Regarding the recent incident of a 'neelgai' straying into the Kanpur Indian Airforce airport, the Minister said the Ministry had cautioned the Defence Department to be more careful.


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