Central aviation minister promises Kolkata to London direct flight

Nandita Roy, New Delhi: Finally connecting directly by air from Kolkata to London! The Center assured to fulfill the long-standing demand of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Kolkata-London direct on Tuesday Air service A Trinamool delegation approached Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia with several demands, including Chalu. The members of that delegation were Sudip Banerjee, Derek O’Brien, Sukhendushekhar Roy and Sougata Roy. It is reported that the Union Minister has assured to fulfill most of the demands of the Trinamool MPs.

The main demands that the Trinamool delegation approached the Union Civil Aviation Minister today were to start a Kolkata-London flight service. Conversion of Bagdogra Airport into an international airport, full-service operations at Maldah, Balurghat, Cooch Behar and Andal airports and opening of a new airport at Charra in Purulia. According to sources, the Union Minister has accepted these demands of Trinamool MPs positively. He also assured to fulfill 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 towards attracting investment to Bengal. The state government has been courting the central government for quite some time. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee herself has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard. According to sources, Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia assured the Trinamool MPs on Tuesday that this service will be launched soon. He said that the Central Ministry of Civil Aviation will try to resolve all the procedural problems in this regard. After the meeting with the Union Minister, Trinamool Lok Sabha leader Sudip Banerjee said that the Union Minister has also indicated positive steps in opening the 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 for air connectivity 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 progress as part of the central project to reduce pressure on Bagdogra. The central delegation has already inspected the work of these three districts. The Union Minister told 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 privately owned, direct investment is not possible there.

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