Nandita Roy, New Delhi. Finally a direct air link from Kolkata to London. The Center has assured that it will fulfill the long-standing demand of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. A Trinamool delegation on Tuesday approached Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia with several demands, including the launch of a direct Kolkata-London flight. The members of that delegation were Sudeep Banerjee, Derek O’Brien, Sukhendushekhar Roy and Sugata Roy. The Union minister has reportedly assured to fulfill most of the demands of the Trinamool MPs.
The main demands that the Trinamool delegation made to the Union Civil Aviation Minister today was the start of Kolkata-London flights. Conversion of Bagdogra Airport to International Airport, full service of Malda, Balurghat, Cooch Behar and Andal Airports and opening of new airport at Charra, Purulia. According to sources, the Union Minister has accepted these demands of the Trinamool MPs. He also assured to implement them as soon as possible.
[আরও পড়ুন: সহপাঠীদের স্নানের ভিডিও করতে ধৃত ছাত্রীকে চাপ দিত প্রেমিক! চণ্ডীগড় ভিডিও কাণ্ডে প্রকাশ্যে নয়া তথ্য]
Direct flights from Kolkata to London and other European countries will be one of the biggest steps to attract investment to Bengal. The state authorities have been courting the central authorities for quite some time. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee herself wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard. According to sources, Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Tuesday assured Trinamool MPs that this service would be launched soon. He said that the Central Ministry of Civil Aviation will try to solve all the procedural problems in this regard. After the meeting with the Union Minister, Trinamool Lok Sabha Leader Sudeep Banerjee said that the Union Minister has also shown positive steps in opening useless airports in the state.
[আরও পড়ুন: জানা নেই হিন্দি, মহিলার সিট বদলালো ইন্ডিগো, বিমান সংস্থার বিরুদ্ধে সরব তেলেঙ্গানার মন্ত্রী]
Apart from Dum Dum Airport, Bagdogra in North Bengal is the most used airport in the state. It is the only airport that has an air connection to the north. It is also smaller compared to Dum Dum International Airport. Three more airports in North Bengal, Balurghat, Maldah and Cooch Behar, are in the pipeline as part of a central project to reduce pressure on Bagdogra. The central delegation has already checked the work of these three regions. The Union Minister told the Trinamool representatives that these three airports are under the Centre. So with quick monitoring there, these airports can be activated quickly. But since Andal airport is private, direct investment there is not possible.
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