New Delhi: Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, Union Minister of Civil Aviation has written to Chief Ministers of Union Territory of Puducherry, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal,requesting their personal intervention in expediting the matters for strengthening of aviation infrastructure in the states.
Airports Authority of India (AAI) has embarked upon development and expansion of airports in the country at a cost of Rs. 20,000 Crore in the next 4-5 years in order to meet the growing passenger demand in the country, an official release said.
Union Minister has drawn attention of N Rangasamy, Chief Minister of Union Territory of Puducherry, on issue of handing over of land to AAI for development of the Puducherry airport Jyotiraditya Scindia mentioned that AAl has projected a revised land requirement of 161.5 acres (104 acres in the state of Tamil Nadu + 57.5 acres in the Union Territory of Puducherry) for extension of Runway at Puducherry airport to make it suitable for the operation of ATR-72/Q-400 type of aircraft and IFR operations.
However, the land is yet to be handed over to AAI by the UT administration of Puducherry and the State Government of Tamil Nadu.