Bengal Govt speeds up process for setting up regional airports
The State Government has expedited the process of developing airports in Malda, Purulia and Balurghat. The State Public Works Department (PWD) is carrying out the developmental work.
It is learnt that a completely new airport in Malda, on the existing one spread across 114 acres of land, will come up at a projected cost of Rs 13 crore. Among other infrastructural facilities, an administrative building and an all-new air traffic control (ATC) will be set up. The development of the other regional airports will cost a similar amount.
This step has been taken after an expert organisation prepared the detailed project report (DPR) as per the set guidelines of the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
Following Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s plans, the Bengal Government is taking concrete steps to ensure inter-district air connectivity across the state. This includes a network of helipads as well, of which 26 have been set up. Recently, a decision was taken to construct a helipad in the newly set up district of Jhargram.