Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Surtis reject CM’s promise for int’l airport

Surat: Airport activists crusading for domestic and international air connectivity in the Diamond City have raised questions against the state government after chief minister Vijay Rupani announced an international airport at Surat during the inauguration of the ferry service between Ghogha and Dahej on Sunday.
Despite clear directions from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), the civil aviation ministry and ministry of home affairs for taking over immigration functions at Surat airport, the state government is yet to respond.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) had written to the Bureau of Immigration for providing immigration facility at Surat airport for commencement of international flights in May-2017. In its reply, the Bureau of Immigration conveyed its inability to provide the requisite manpower and informed that the state government will have to provide necessary manpower and infrastructure required. The manpower requirement at any Immigration Check Post (ICP) is a minimum of 17 staff per shift headed by the deputy central intelligence officer.
25/10/17 Times of India