Direct flight from Umroi airport in Meghalaya to Delhi will become operational by September end, chief minister Conrad K Sangma said.

“Tender has been finalised and letter of intent (LOI) is being issued to the successful bidder,” chief minister Sangma tweeted after his meeting with officials of the state transport department.

At present, a flight between Umroi airport and Kolkata is being operated.

Conrad said that four agendas were discussed including the need to set up heliport/helipad to provide a regular and reliable helicopter service for citizens.

“Two locations identified in East Khasi Hills & West Garo Hills. Transport Department to submit DPR to the Ministry of Civil Aviation,” Conrad said.

Setting up of a Model Institute of Driving Training & Research (IDTR) in Meghalaya for improvement in road safety was also discussed and DPR is being prepared by the department for submission to the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.

Establishment of a Model Inspection & Certification Centre (I&CC) was also discussed.

Conrad said that he has directed officials to immediately identify land for setting up of the centre and submit the proposal to the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways to avail necessary funding.

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