New Delhi: The government plans to build a new international airport at Bihta, outside Patna, but availability of land from the state government is an issue, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said.
Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha, he said since there is little scope for expansion of the Patna airport, a new facility is being proposed outside Bihar's capital city.
Bihta is a defence airfield 20 km away from the existing facility and the Ministry of Defence has agreed to give some surplus land they have.
"The land available is not enough and some land the state government has to give us (for the new airport)," he said.
 Patna airport expansion is constrained because of the issue of land availability. The airport is considered one of the most critical airports in the country due to the short runway length and obstacles in the form of trees in both approaches.
The State government has been pitching for a new airport at Nalanda. Singh said of the 28 air-strips in Bihar, only three are operational.
"We are ready to build airports provided the state government gives land," he said, adding his ministry has written to the state government for providing land for the new airport.
Asked about development of airport at Muzaffarpur in Bihar he said a feasibility study was conducted by the Airports Authority of India which indicated that there was no potential for its development at present.


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