Silchar, Feb. 16: The Centre has sent a terse instruction to complete the civil construction to set up the instrumental landing system (ILS) at Mizoram’s lone airport at Lengpui, 38km from the capital town of Aizawl.
The move comes because of intermittent delays in wrapping up of the long-pending construction.
The Union civil aviation ministry has made it clear that the installation of the ILS should be completed by March 31. At a recent meeting in New Delhi, the civil aviation ministry and the DoNER ministry asked the directorate-general of civil aviation, the Airports Authority of India and the Mizoram government not to waste time and complete the construction work by this deadline.
According to sources in the Mizoram government, the ILS instrument, which is reckoned to be a vital prop for the Lengpui airport, will go a long way in ensuring a clear vision of the flight paths at the heights of this airport. Lengpui is listed as one of the 11 “difficult” airports in the country considering its location among the hills and the intermittent poor visibility, with which the airport is confronted with during the rains in monsoon months and swirling mists in the winter season.
An AAI source in Lengpui told this correspondent over telephone that though the airport boasts of very high omni range (VOR) and viewer sets, these have proved to be of no use when thick clouds gather around the airport.
The controller of the civil aviation, Mizoram, today said the ILS instrument, worth Rs 19.42 crore, had already been imported from Germany.
The source said the directorate-general of civil aviation would permit the ILS to be switched on only after pilots flying on this route have attained a familiarisation with this instrument.