Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport in Ahmedabad is all set to go for total recarpeting of its runway by the end of this year. If well-placed sources are to be believed, a complete runway recarpeting project is on the cards in November this year.
Earlier this April, the city airport authorities undertook the runway resurfacing project and the runway remained closed for about eight hours a day for about ten days.
“Recarpeting of the entire runway is very much in the offing,” said a source. “This is being undertaken to build a runway which is at par with international standards, keeping future safety and maintenance concerns in mind.”
Officials of the Airports Authority of India as well as those from Adani Airports held high-level meetings to discuss the nitty-gritty of the proposed project earlier this month. A formal proposal will soon be sent to the aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
“The runway will have to be closed completely for a few hours during the day so that the resurfacing work can be safely carried out,” said the source. “During this time, no aircraft movement will take place at the city airport.”