I think our bihar gov not intrested to devloped an international airport, we have got a news last year in aug 09 almost every news paper that Bihta have approved for IAP. and only few central formalies was due for clearance as per Mr Agrawal (Cheif AAI) see the below news in Hindustan time.
Subject to clearance from the defence ministry, the Jayaprakash Narayan International (JPNI) Airport is headed further west - towards Bihta. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has agreed to the shift, given the severe constraints in runway expansion here. Talking to newspersons after a marathon meeting with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Thursday, AAI chairman VP Agarwal said the authority would explore option of constructing a civil enclave at Bihta.
Hindustan times 28 Aug 2009"Since the Bihta airport, which comes under the IAF, has a runway length of 8,200 feet and is less utilised, we will prefer shifting the existing airport there, subject to defence clearance. Acquiring merely 500-800 acres on the western end of Bihta airport will enable us have a runway length of 9,000 feet, which is conducive for wide-bodied aircraft and enable operation of international flights," he said.
Agarwal lamented that with the Secretariat tower on one end and the railway cabin on the other, nothing much could be done for the development of the existing airport.
After above news none of our news paper or media follow the progress. And my friends i have visited many time Bihta airport i think once it ll opreated i ll b one of the best airport, you can reach patna by road 25 to 30 min maximum and also u have train rute same 25 min.. I ll request gov to show there intrest to devlope international airport at Bihta. Friends who not aware about Bihta location i ll give u some info.
1. From Bihta airpoart via khagol road 25 min time to reach Patna.
2. From Bihta airport via Maner and danapur cant 35 min to reach patna.
3. From Bihta airport only 1 km railway station for all the all the destinations.
4. From Bihta airport you can take the road Bikram, pali, to jahanabad , gaya, Bhojpur & Buxar etc.
5. From Bihta one new road going to start soon Bihta Sarmera road its state highway and short time to reach till mokama. I think Bihta will be better option for new airport.
One thing is very clear if Bihta gona select gov dont have to spend more money to built this aiport. The below map is showing the boundry of airport even airport land outside the boundry.
Please have a look Bihta airport 25km west from Patna Jn.
Also have a look of current JPNI airport Patna.