Friday, May 12, 2023

Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma meets Scindia, submits proposals to set up heliports, airport

Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Friday met Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia in New Delhi and submitted proposals to set up heliports and an international airport in the North-Eastern state to boost tourism.

The existing Shillong airport has a short runway, which is not feasible for the landing of big aircraft, while the Baljek airport in Garo Hills district remained unutilised, an official said.

"Met Hon'ble Union Minister for Jyotiraditya M. Scindia ji & presented proposals- to establish heliports in Shillong & Tura, to set up an international airport in Meghalaya & to operationalize the Baljek Airport. These proposals are aimed at boosting our state's tourism potential & economic growth through air connectivity," Sangma said on Twitter.

Notably, the Meghalaya High Court has recently directed the state government to identify a few pockets of land for the construction of a greenfield airport as the existing facility cannot be extended to accommodate the landing of big aircraft.

12/05/2023 PTI/India Today

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