Friday, October 20, 2006

Airport expansion: HP to re-send its case to Centre

Shimla: After the Union Ministry for Aviation grounded the proposed airport expansion plan in Himachal Pradesh, the state government has decided to make a fresh representation before the Central government to review its decision.
The government has decided that it would apprise the Union Ministry of Aviation and the Airport Authority of India (AAI) of the fact that the upgradation of the existing airports in the state was necessary in view of the geo-economic scenario. Himachal Pradesh did not figure on the Union government’s agenda for strengthening the infrastructure of the existing airports in the country.
G S Bali, Minister for Tourism, Transport and Civil Aviation, Himachal Pradesh, said that the state government would take up the issue with the ministry and he planned to meet the Union Minister for Aviation, Praful Patel by the end of October. The Chief Minister had also written to the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in this regard, he said.
19/10/06 Vikas Kahol/Chandigarh Newsline
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