Monday, August 29, 2016

Apathy of Punjab Government towards Amritsar airport irks residents

Amritsar: Amritsar Vikas Manch has expressed sorrow over the step motherly attitude of the Punjab government towards Amritsar airport.
Manch patron Dr Charanjit Singh Gumtala has reacted to the statement of Vishavjit Khanna, Secy Civil Aviation Punjab in which he has said that the Punjab government is trying its best to increase the length of Chandigarh airport runway to 10500 ft. so that long haul flights to U.K may be started for the people in Punjab.
The Manch patron has expressed surprise that the Punjab government is so worried to start U.K. flights from Chandigarh, but it never ever thought of restarting the withdrawn Amritsar – London – Toronto flights of Air India.
It's irony that the Punjab government doesn't know that Amritsar airport has the longest runway of 12000 ft. equal to Delhi airport. There is no technical problem of starting direct Amritsar – London – Toronto flight, which was withdrawn by Air India in 2010 after successful operation for 5 years, only to benefit GMR of Delhi airport. Then why the Punjab government is not following the policy of one in hand is better than the two in bush. It is a matter of great regret that the Punjab government deliberately did not put in efforts to restart the flight from Amritsar for the last six years, despite having the coalition government at the centre. It never raised the matter with Prime Minister, Civil Aviation Minister. The Punjab government never owned Amritsar airport and never took interest to start more international flights from Amritsar to London, Toronto, Vancouver, New York, etc for the reasons best known to it. It is very much evident from the biased attitude of the Punjab Government towards Amritsar Airport, it seems as if Amritsar airport does not exist in Punjab.
29/08/16 Punjab News Express
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