Bangalore: The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) was the very first airport to be built by a private consortium in India, but it will not be the first to take off.
Sources in the Civil Aviation Ministry have revealed to CNN-IBN that the airport is yet to get its navigation radar — the mainstay of any air traffic control, . Sources say the radar will be installed as late as March 24.
Some extra work on the runway is also required. According to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) norms, the runway edges were also to be paved with concrete, which the airport is in the process of doing.
To complete all the extra work, ministry officials see a delay of about a month but the airport operator is confident of launching on time.
There seems to no end in sight in the tug of war between the Ministry of Civil Aviation and BIAL.
BIAL is confident of launching operations on schedule, but seems to be forgetting that the final green signal has to come from the Civil Aviation Ministry.
The authority issuing the operating licence to the airport, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had reported 59 shortcomings in the project, some safety related.
Out of the 59, about 34 have been resolved by the airport operators. The DGCA will do a complete review of the airport on March 18, by when a clear picture is expected.
(With inputs from Karma Paljor in New Delhi)