There is a new addition to the list of proposed sites for the new airport in the state and that is Nalanda. And it is most likely to be the chosen one. Other sites proposed were Bihta and Punpun.
Punpun is a low lying area. It remains quiet inaccessible for nearly four months a year and was rejecedt by Airport Authority of India (AAI). Afzal Amanullah, Airport Authority of Inda (AAI) chairman and Union secretary said that Bihta is an army airbase. It is unlikely to be given for civilian use. He added After the proposals of Bihta and Punpun were turned down, Nalanda seems to be a likely location.
Nearly 1,000 acres of land would be required as per AAI specifications.
The travelers may face another problem if the present airport, the Jaiprakash Narayan International Airport, is shifted. Right now it takes about three hour to five hours of journey from the capital city to Nalanda. When asked about the inconvenience it may cause and its implication Amanullah replied An expressway connecting Patna to Nalnda has also been proposed to facilitate the proposed international Nalanda University. It will take three years to complete. The time to reach Nalanda will be reduced to 40 minutes once it comes up.
The problems with the present Patna airport are many. Earlier in a meeting between Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and AAI chairman, it was concluded that the issues with present airstrip at Patna Airport have no solution. Its length can neither be increased nor the number of airstrips In case the the movement on a runway is blocked, there isn’t any alternative arrangement.