Centre committed on a full-fledged airport in Arunachal Pradesh : Ashok Gajapathi Raju

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The Centre is committed for bringing a full-fledged airport in Arunachal Pradesh, Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju said on Thursday. Minister Raju said a central team had recently surveyed both sites at Karsingsa and Hollongi, which were proposed for the airport and the Ministry was waiting for the report.

This report he said will be forwarded to the state government for a final call and expressed optimism that work on the airport would begin soon.

Mr Raju interacted with officials of the state civil aviation department in presence of Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Deputy chief minister Chowna Mein, Chief Secretary Shakuntala D Gamlin and Principal Secretary Satya Gopal at Itanagar on Thursday.

Going through a presentation made by the department seeking operationalisation of a civil terminus, Raju assured he would have a meeting with the agencies concerned like DGCA and resolve all pending issues.

The state government has been requesting the Centre to allow use of civilian terminus at various ALGs coming up in the state, which were under the control of the Air Force.

The state government, which was planning to run commercial ATR flights for about three months on experiment basis, also requested the Minister to give one time relaxation to some stringent rules.

Raju suggested the state government  to look for possibilities in bringing cargo flights as the state has immense potential in horticulture, floriculture and medicinal plants, the release said.

(Filed with Inputs from agencies)


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