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Kolkata Airport authorities raise concerns over mosque too close to runway

Kolkata Airport authorities have raised concerns over the mosque that stands near the second runway. Airport authorities had, earlier, raised their objections in an appeal to the state government.
 

Kolkata Airport authorities raise concerns over mosque too close to runway-dbr
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West Bengal, First Published Aug 20, 2020, 4:56 PM IST
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Kolkata: After the tragic plane crash at Kozhikode airport in Kerala, the Kolkata airport authorities are worried about the runway in the airport. A mosque in front of the second runway has become a point of concern in Dumdum Airport. Earlier, the Calcutta Airport Authority raised objections to the mosque that stands in the way in an appeal to the state government.

On August 8, an Air India aircraft crashed after failing to land on the runway. The body of the aircraft was torn in two parts. 19 people, including two pilots, died on the spot. The country's airport runway security authorities have been on high alert since this tragic incident took place. They have already had a conversation about the issue of the runway at Kolkata Airport.

The problem for authorities is a mosque that stands in front of the second runway at Calcutta Airport. The Runway and Safety Area should have a number of restrictions under the Airport Safety Rules. As a rule, there should be at least 90m of space after each runway is completed.

On runways where large aircraft take off and land, there is a rule of keeping a space of 240m. But there is only 160m of space at the Calcutta Airport towards Birati. This space is not enough for the take-off and landing of large aircraft. Along with all such issues, there is a mosque that stands near the second runway.

According to sources, the Calcutta Airport Authority has already spoken to the chief secretary of the state in this regard. No action has been taken regarding this matter by the state government.

Due to the lockdown, no progress was seen. The airport authority will talk to the state government about this issue again.
 

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