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New ATC at Bhopal airport to begin operations from March 1, Infra News, ET Infra


BHOPAL: The work of monitoring flights will start from the newly-constructed modern air traffic control tower and technical block at Raja Bhoj Airport from March 1. At the initial stage, the new ATC will handle work for 2-3 hours. Entire work will be shifted from old to new ATC gradually and is likely to be completed within a month time.

Bhopal airport had launched the beginning of a new era with the commencement of trial operations at the newly constructed Air Traffic Control Tower recently. This newly-constructed facility is 32 m tall and is built at a cost of Rs 40 crore.

At present, both the old and new towers will operate. During parallel work, it will be seen whether there is any problem in the operation of the new ATC. Trial run has already started. The old tower will be closed once this is completed, said officials.

The offices of the Airport Authority of India will also shift to the new premises built near the new ATC tower and technical block. New radar, LT panel and modern equipment have been installed in the technical block.

The new equipment will bring major improvements in the aircraft tracking system. The planes are being monitored from a distance during landing and takeoff.

The airport officials said that the new ATC is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the latest and updated air navigation services facilities and other modern amenities and complies with all directorate general of civil aviation standards.

“The commissioning process will begin soon after completion of successful trial/parallel operations,” said officials.

The primary purpose of the ATC is to prevent collisions, organise and expedite the flow of air traffic, and provide information and other support for pilots.

It would be the highest ATC tower in Madhya Pradesh, which will cover the entire runway area besides catering to the need of handling more flights and modern facilities, said airport officials.

With this decision, airlines will be encouraged to make Bhopal a base station. Night parking arrangements for aircraft are also made at airports with 24-hour flight operations.

There will be no time constraints for the airlines. It is believed that with this decision companies will give priority in making Bhopal a base station. At present, Bhopal airport has a base for 17 aircraft including four in the old part of the airport.

  • Published On Feb 29, 2024 at 02:33 PM IST

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