Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in a virtual meeting urged Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia to help increase the flight frequency and air connectivity in Assam.
Chief minister Sarma in the virtual meeting with Union minister Scindia on Tuesday pitched for augmenting the infrastructure and expansion of airports of Guwahati, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur and Silchar.
Attending the meeting with the Union minister at Koinadhora in Guwahati on Tuesday, chief minister Sarma requested Scindia to build a heliport at Haflong, the land of which would be handed over to the ministry by the Assam government.
The heliport at Haflong, the headquarters of Dima Hasao district, will be in line with other heliports that will be built at Nagaon and Galeki and the modalities have been finalised and the construction work will start shortly, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) informed.
Moreover, as a part of the commitment of the Assam government for the fast development of Karbi Anglong, chief minister Sarma also requested the union minister for a Greenfield airport in Karbi Anglong.
He said a strip of land measuring more than 3000 acres is available for the airport to be built.
Chief minister Sarma also requested the Union minister for his help in starting flight operations under UDAN scheme from Assam to other foreign countries.
Assam government would send a report relating to the passenger catchment area for the Civil Aviation Ministry to start flight operations to foreign countries.
Transport minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, principal secretary to the chief minister Samir Kumar Sinha, principal secretary to transport Dr. KK. Dwivedi, principal secretary to environment and forest, Avinash Joshi were also present during the meeting.