DHUBRI, Sept 1 - The revival work of Rupshi airport that started in May this year is not only going on in full swing but the authority is also set to conclude the construction works by March next.
The airport that began functioning during World War II in 1945, stopped operating in 1984 and ever since it has remained abandoned, and in its 447 acres of area, jungles cropped up all over in such a way that it became rich in flora and fauna population. People from nearby areas especially from Dhubri and Gauripur areas also started visiting the place for site seeing. However, after the Bodoland Territorial Council, recently handed over around 337 of the 447 acres to Airport Authority of India to reuse it as an Airport again, the jungle area has been completely wiped off.
The Airport Authority of India has informed that it is currently building a massive wall 7 km long all around the area allotted to them. They will also start working on the revival of the runway. �The runway will be 1.830 km in length and would be made with high quality materials�, said one of the officials who also added that each material they are using has to pass through quality test in a laboratory that has temporarily been setup at the site. �We are aiming to complete these works by March 2019,� claims the officials who regularly visit the site.
Meanwhile, to complete the entire works of the airport, the airport authority will also construct, terminal buildings, a fire station, gates and a massive tower. �If the weather conditions are alright, we would surely complete the works on time and people of this part of Assam will soon have their own airport�, added the officials. It may be mentioned that the airport at Rupshi will be used both by the Airport Authority of India and the Indian Air Force.