Friday, October 13, 2017

Puducherry airport expansion only if T.N. gives land, says Raju

Puducherry: Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Thursday said the expansion of Puducherry airport will be possible only if Tamil Nadu provided land. (Land required for runway expansion is in the jurisdiction of Tamil Nadu).

Addressing the media after launching the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana campaign here, he said: “I have written to the previous Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and requested them to provide land for expansion. Each State has to work with others for mutual benefit. We are still pursuing it. The SpiceJet aircraft is being operated from Puducherry to Hyderabad under UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagarik) scheme and it has been a success.

“Every passenger travelling from Puducherry to Hyderabad need not be Hyderabad-bound. He could be going anywhere in the world. We have found potential in Puducherry and the UDAN scheme is to unlock the local potential and this is the potential we have to pull out from such places.”
He added that every State should have an airport, even across the sea in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

“The whole country needs connectivity. We are the fastest-growing country and we have a large growing middle class, which is time conscious,” he said.

The Union Minister said that Panthankot would be connected under the UDAN scheme, which was for the under-served and unserved. “We will be including one place under the UDAN scheme every two or three months,” he said.
12/10/17 The Hindu