Andaman & Nicobar to have runways every 100 miles

After Port Blair, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are now set to have full-length `all weather and all aircraft` runways after every 100 miles, an official said.

Updated: Oct 05, 2010, 13:39 PM IST

Port Blair: After Port Blair, the Andaman and
Nicobar Islands are now set to have full-length `all weather
and all aircraft` runways after every 100 miles, an official
said.

"Every 100 miles or so you will find an airfield
capable of operating all aircrafts (which could include
commercial ones) in all-weather conditions,"
Commander-in-Chief of the Islands DK Joshi said.

Presently, only Port Blair has a full-fledged runway
capable of operating all kinds of aircraft but considering the
height of a hill on the eastern side, it`s a uni-directional
airstrip.

However, it`s planned to be made bi-directional soon.

The runways in Car Nicobar, Shibpur and Campbell Bay are
also proposed to be upgraded into full-length runways.

Meanwhile, Defence officials said the Taj Group is
setting up a venture to boost tourism in the Andaman and
Nicobar islands, even as corporates are flocking with major
investments.

"Tourism and other developmental activities are poised
for high growth in the immediate future," they said.

Also on the anvil is a container trans-shipment hub at
Campbell Bay, for which feasibility study is in progress.

PTI