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24 per cent growth predicted in civil aviation sector in the country

READY TO FLY: (From left) Pradeep Devaiah, Chairman and CEO of PDA Trade Fairs, C.G. Krishnadas Nair, President of SIATI, and K.N. Krishnamoorthy, Chief Convener of Aerodrome India-2005 at a press conference in Bangalore on Tuesday. — Photo: V . Sreenivasa Murthy

READY TO FLY: (From left) Pradeep Devaiah, Chairman and CEO of PDA Trade Fairs, C.G. Krishnadas Nair, President of SIATI, and K.N. Krishnamoorthy, Chief Convener of Aerodrome India-2005 at a press conference in Bangalore on Tuesday. — Photo: V . Sreenivasa Murthy  

Construction sector urged to prevent international players from making foray

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Bangalore will host "Aerodrome India 2005," the country's first-ever international exhibition and seminar on airport infrastructure, airport security and aircraft maintenance, at the Palace Grounds from December 7 to 10.

The event is organised by the Society of Aerospace Technologies and Industries (SIATI), the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Airports Council International (ACI).

Announcing this to presspersons here on Tuesday, the SIATI president, C.G. Krishnadas Nair, predicted the arrival of an airport construction boom triggered by an unprecedented 24 per cent growth in the civil aviation sector in the country.

The Indian construction industry cannot afford to miss this, he said.

Over $100 billion worth of airport construction activity will be taken up in the country in the next few years, Mr. Nair said. But only a few capable big-time players are there to take up the assignment, he added, stressing the need for the construction sector to get the expertise and execute the work to prevent international players from making a major foray.

To be inaugurated by the Union Civil Aviation Minister, Praful Patel, "Aerodrome India 2005" is expected to attract about 150 companies from across the world. To coincide with the four-day show, an international conference on Airport Security and Infrastructure will be held.

The seminar is aimed at identifying the technologies involved in upgrading airport infrastructure to cater to the demanding needs of airport security and airline operations, Mr. Nair said.

The Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Dr. G. Madhavan Nair; the ACI director-general, Robert J. Aaronson; the Civil Aviation Secretary, Ajay Prasad; the Indian Airlines Chairperson and Managing Director, Sushma Chawla; the former Cabinet Secretary Naresh Chandra; Air India Chairman and Managing Director V Thulasidas and AAI Chairman K. Ramalingam are scheduled to speak at the seminar.

International firms such as Surescan, Air Services Australia, Siemens, Malaysian Airports and Millennium Aerodynamics have confirmed their participation, along with Air India, National Aerospace Laboratories, Indian Airlines and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

Mr. Nair said the Union Civil Aviation Ministry has embarked upon the modernisation and upgradation of the Delhi and Mumbai airports at a cost of $3.4 billion.

"Plans are also on to modernise about 25 non-metro airports initially and another 30 airports subsequently," he said.

Mr. Nair said though there are 400 airports across the country, only a quarter of them are in good condition and a number of them need their infrastructure boosted to meet the growing demand.

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