Mohali-Chd airport will be Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport Badals calls on Ajit Singh seek direct flight from Chd to Dubai
Mohali-Chd airport will be Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport
(News posted on: 07 May, 2012)
Badal urges Singh to advise the MoD to immediately approve the Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) for all the international flights to be operated from Green Field International Airport Ludhiana.
Ajit singh directs AAI to work out expansion of Sahnewal Airport and make domestic flights operational from Bhishiana Airport Bathinda
New Delhi 7 May (BB): The Government of India (GoI) today gave in principle approval to name the upcoming International Airport at Mohali as �Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport�. A decision to this effect was taken by the Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh in a meeting with the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who called on the Union Civil Aviation Minister, in his office here at Rajiv Bhawan. During the deliberations the Chief Minister impressed upon Ajit Singh to get the Airport named after Shaheed Bhagat Singh as a befitting tribute to the great legendary martyr, since a resolution in this regard had already been unanimously passed by the Punjab Legislative Assembly. Immediately conceding to this demand put forth by Badal, the Union Civil Aviation Minister directed the senior officers of his Ministry present in the meeting to get the necessary formalities completed in this behalf expeditiously. Meanwhile, the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who also
holds the portfolio of Civil Aviation, sought Ajit Singh�s personal intervention to urge the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to lay down the foundation stone of this prestigious project at the earliest, so that it could be completed on its schedule to facilitate the people of region especially from Punjab besides wooing the leading entrepreneurs
across the world to make huge investments here. Sukhbir envisioned the Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport as a catalyst to propel Industrialization in the state besides showcasing Punjab as the most preferred investment destination. The Deputy Chief Minister also urged Ajit Singh to immediately take up the matter with Ministry of Defense to allow a daily flight to and fro from Sharjah to Chandigarh by Air Arabia-the designated Airline of UAE as the Chief Minister had already raised the matter personally with the Union Defense Minister AK Antony during a meeting with him at New Delhi recently. Till the final clearance from MoD, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal requested the Civil Aviation Minister to start an inaugural International direct Flight of Air India from Chandigarh to Dubai. He apprised Ajit Singh that the Chandigarh Civil Air Terminal was ready to handle international flights as it had already been declared as a custom notified terminal and an immigration post under the various provisions of Customs and Immigration Act of the GoI. Taking up other issues with Ajit Singh regarding the commencement of domestic flights from Bhishiana Airport (Bathinda) and the expansion of domestic Airport at Sahnewal (Ludhiana), the Chief Minister urged him for their early resolution to emerge the state on the country�s Aviation map. He pointed out that both the issues warranted Civil Aviation Ministry�s prompt attention in the changed scenario as the prestigious Rs 21,500 Crore, Guru Gobind Singh Refinery had already gone on stream and also give a much needed fillip to the local hosiery Industry in Ludhiana. The Chief Minister also requested him to inaugurate the Bhishiana Airport near Bathinda by starting an inaugural domestic flight from Delhi-Bathinda-Amritsar-Delhi. He however said that it was now all the more important because Bathinda was being projected as a petrochemical hub in the region. Badal also sought his personal intervention to advise the MoD to immediately approve the Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) already forwarded by the Airport Authority of India (AAI) for all the international flights to be operated from Green Field International Airport Ludhiana being set up by M/s Bengal Aerotropolis projects Limited at a cost of Rs 17500 crore. He said the MoD had already given approval for Visual Flight Rules (VFR) which was meaningless since International Flights Operate according to IFR and without which the operation of International Flights was not feasible during day or night, pending which the project was yet to take off.
Responding to the issues raised by the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister, Ajit Singh assured them that he would request the Prime Minister to fix the date for laying down the foundation stone of this ambitious project. He also directed the AAI to immediately work out the modalities to start inaugural International direct flight to and fro from Chandigarh to Dubai besides starting domestic flights from Bhishiana Airport (Bathinda). Ajit Singh assured both of them that he would also request the Prime Minister to constitute an empowered committee to amicably resolve issues related to Civil Aviation Ministry with the MoD to put the various civil aviation projects in Punjab on the fast track of implementation so that state could reap the maximum benefits of Airconnectivity to ensure overall development and progress.Both the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister thanked Ajit Singh for positive outcome of the meeting especially for acceding to
their request to name upcoming International Airport at Mohali after
Shaheed Bhagat Singh and urged him to address all the other pending
issues with his Ministry on the priority.