Move for airconnectivity to Bastar

Press Trust of India Raipur | Updated on October 12, 2011

The Chhattisgarh government has decided to connect the Naxalite-affected Bastar region with air taxi services, state officials said on Wedensday. At present, there is an airstrip in Bastar, which is used only for VIP visits.

According to the officials, the State Government had started taking steps in this regard around four years back. However, the Centre had turned down the proposal, citing the reason of inadequate security at the existing six airports in the state, they said.

Officials said that the Chhattisgarh Government has speeded up the process to put in place all the facilities at the airports in the State.

The Collector of Bastar, Mr P Anbalagan said, “Since Bastar is a very sensitive region, the airport here should have all the necessary facilities. At present, there is no night landing or take-off facility. Therefore, we have requested the State Government to make it available at Jagdalpur airport.”

He added that there is a need to create hangars for the helicopters. State Aviation Secretary, Mr R.S Vishwakarma said that Rs 10 crore have been sanctioned to create an airstrip in the Naxal-affected Dantewada region as well.

The State Government is also planning to hand over the Jagdalpur airport to the National Airports Authority, he said.

There are also proposals to extend the runway at Jagdalpur airport and set up an ATC there.

Published on October 12, 2011

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