Sunday, November 11, 2018

Months after PM Modi inaugurated it, Jagdalpur airport still non-operational

The centrepiece of BJP's Bastar development plan is still a mere showpiece ever since its inauguration by Prime Minister Modi in June 2018.

The regional connectivity scheme UDAN was supposed to link Bastar, 20 kms from Jagdalpur, with Chhattisgarh's capital Raipur by air, which is well connected to different cities in the country.

Save for one flight with hours of delay, there are no flights from Jagdalpur Airport.

PM Modi inaugurated the air service between Raipur and Jagdalpur - a hotbed of Maoist insurgency in the Bastar region of south Chhattisgarh - in June.
The contract to connect Jagdalpur with Raipur and Visakhapatnam was given to Air Odisha. On the day PM Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi kick started their campaign in the Naxal-hit state of Chhatisgarh, India Today reached the Jagdalpur Airport only to find the airport completely non-functional and ticket counters shut. It was also found out that the thick layer of dust on the computers was cleaned today for Rahul Gandhi's visit.
Airport Director Kishore Bhaumik was not present at the airport and repeated attempts to reach him on phone also did not succeed. Manish Moolchandani, a businessman in Jagdalpur, called this a fraud to Bastar voters.
10/11/18 Tanushree Pandey/India Today