Shivraj Singh Chouhan meets Ajit Singh
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Wednesday met Union Minister of Civil Aviation Ajit Singh to discuss the status of certain proposals in the aviation sector in the state and the possibility of improving air connectivity to the state.
Singh informed that the Centre is in the process of making Indore Airport completely CAT-I compliant.
"This requires installation of CAT-I Approach lighting system for which approximately 15 acres of additional land are needed at Indore Airport."
He said the CAT-I Approach lighting system as an aid to the Instrument Landing System available at the airport will help landing of aircrafts with less visibility and considerably improve airport operations in the city.
He also added that 13.38 Ha i.e. 28 acres of land are also required on the city - side of Indore to streamline vehicular movement and facilitate straight-in approach of vehicles to the new integrated terminal. Shri Chouhan assured to look into the requirements favourably.
Chouhan brought up the issue of setting up the Centre for Perishable Cargo at Indore Airport.
He informed that the facility will be established by MP Warehousing and Logistics Corporation (MPWLC) under PPP mode for which 1500 sq. meter area is required.
Chouhan said that the MPWLC has already written to Airport Authority of India (AAI) for allotment of land and requested for a positive response from the Centre on the issue.
Chouhan also highlighted the need for extending facilities at the State Hangar at Bhopal Airport and requested for 4.23 acres of extra land for the purpose for which the State Government has put up a request to AAI.
Singh assured to take an early view on these issues and said that the AAI will consider both these proposals.
Chouhan also underlined the need for promoting Indore as a destination for international flights and suggested for connecting the city to the Middle-East and S-E Asia.
He said that it would help the growth of industry in the area. He also offered do discuss a package including tax concessions on Air Turbine Fuel for the airlines willing to operate from Indore.
The CM also pointed out that the revised schedule of Air India connecting Bhopal and Delhi is inconvenient to passengers and requested to restore the earlier schedule.
Singh assured to positively look into both issues.