The Central government feels that the new airport terminal in Kolkata should have the capacity to take about 10,000 to 11,000 peak passenger traffic per day.
Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia
On Sunday, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia told that the central government was interested in setting up another airport in Kolkata in a bid to boost air connectivity from the state capital but due to lack of cooperation from the state government of West Bengal, the airport project was stuck.
The Union Civil Aviation Minister expressed that the Centre was waiting for important approvals from the West Bengal government and demanded to the Chief Minister to extend a helping hand to expedite the airport project in the state capital.
Civil aviation sector
According to him, in another country, the civil aviation sector has become the root of growth. The Centre has big plans for civil aviation in West Bengal and it wants to launch a new airport in Kolkata, Scindia was cited telling in an IE statement.
The existing airport in Kolkata is working at maximum capability. For a new site (to set up a new airport), the Centre has been sending proposals to the West Bengal government for so many years, the Civil Aviation Minister expressed.
But so far, the state government of West Bengal has not accepted any concrete action in this regard, he continued. If the land is not given, how will the Airports Authority of India (AAI) set up an airport in Kolkata, he further questioned?
Scindia further said that the Centre feels that in Kolkata, a new airport must be set up which should be 2 lakh square meters. The existing airport in the state capital has the capacity to take as many as 8,600 peak passenger traffic per day.
The Central government feels that the new airport terminal in Kolkata should have the capacity to handle about 10,000 to 11,000 peak passenger traffic per day.
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West Bengal government
But it will be likely only when the West Bengal government will cooperate with the Centre and work together, he further told. Be it West Bengal’s Bagdogra Airport or any other project at Kalaikunda Air Force Station or Hasimara Air Force Station, the Centre gets no reply from the state government for any kind of clearance, the minister counted. Scindia demanded to the CM to develop her helping hand to implement these projects in the state.
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