Bengal Govt to operate small aircraft to improve regional connectivity

The State Transport Department, in collaboration with private airlines operators, has decided to operate small aircraft to increase regional connectivity.

The aircraft will be operated from Kolkata to Andal, Cooch Behar, Bagdogra, Malda and other small airports. Each aircraft will have seating capacity of 10 to 25 people. Among the airports, Bagdogra, Balurghat and Cooch Behar have been renovated by the government for operating small aircraft.

The State Government has also decided to spend Rs 300 crore for infrastructure development of Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport in Andal near Durgapur including better sewerage and drainage system, transport system as well as for providing better services to air passengers.

আঞ্চলিক যোগাযোগ ব্যবস্থা আরও উন্নত করতে সরকার চালাবে ছোট বিমান


রাজ্য পরিবহণ দপ্তর সিদ্ধান্ত নিয়েছে আঞ্চলিক যোগাযোগ ব্যবস্থা আরও উন্নত করতে বেসরকারি বিমান সংস্থার সঙ্গে যৌথ উদ্যোগে সরকার চালাবে ছোট বিমান।

এই বিমান চলবে কলকাতা থেকে অন্ডাল, কোচবিহার, বাগডোগরা, বালুরঘাট, মালদা ও অন্যান্য ছোট বিমানবন্দরে। প্রতিটি বিমানে থাকবে ১০ থেকে ২৫ জনের বসার জায়গা। এই কারণে, বাগডোগরা, বালুরঘাট, কোচবিহার বিমানবন্দরগুলির সংস্কার করা হয়েছে।

রাজ্য সরকার সিদ্ধান্ত নিয়েছে দুর্গাপুরের নিকটস্থ অন্ডাল বিমানবন্দরের পরিকাঠামোগত উন্নয়নের জন্য ৩০০ কোটি টাকা ব্যয় করবে।
Source: The Statesman

Flight to Delhi starts from Andal, WB CM among the first passengers

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee today left for for Delhi by taking the first ever flight from Andal to the national capital.

The Chief Minister reached Durgapur today at around 2 PM and held a meeting with the business delegation from the Asansol-Durgapur region and representatives of the Chamber of Commerce.

“My best wishes to everyone. Flights for Delhi will commence from Andal today. This move will help people in south Bengal as well as neighbouring areas in Jharkhand. Travelling to Delhi will be hassle-free now,” she said.

The Chief Minister is expected to meet the Prime Minister on Tuesday and will reiterate the demands of the State before him. The State has still been denied of its previously allotted funds as well as the promised aid for the flood situation, from the Centre.

The Andal Airport is one of the greatest achievements of the Trinamool Government as it connects the industrial zone with the rest of the country.

The West Bengal Chief Minister is expected to visit the Trinamool Congress Parliamentary Party Office and may pay a visit to the Parliament Central Hall as well.

Chinese PSU Zhongtong plans Rs 250 Cr bus manufacturing facility in Bengal

A Chinese PSU is coming up with a bus manufacturing unit in Bengal Aerotropolis airport city project at Andal in Burdwan.

The standing committee of the Cabinet on industry, infrastructure and employment cleared the unit on Friday. The matter would now be placed before the state Cabinet.

The unit would be set up by Zhongtong, a bus manufacturing company, on 15 acres of land in the industrial hub of the airport city. There will be an initial investment of Rs 250 crore and after five years this would rise to Rs 1500 crore.

The buses would be termed as Bengal Zhongtong Bus and the company plans to manufacture 1,500 buses per year. The unit plans to start functioning from next year and the first bus is likely to roll out from the factory by October 2016.


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Andal airport to be operational from May 18: WB CM

India’s first private green-field airport set up in collaboration with Changi International Airport of Singapore is ready for commercial operation from 18th May, 2015 at Andal near Durgapur.

WB CM Ms Mamata Banerjee today addressed a press conference where she announced that Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport at Andal is India’s first green-field airport. Seventeen such airports were announced to be set up in India but only the Bengal project was completed.

WB CM thanked Singapore-based Changi Airport group for their support and cooperation. She said this airport will soon have flight connectivity with Singapore. The government has also decided to exempt sales tax on aviation turbine fuel for this airport till 2020-21 to make air-travel affordable for common people.

“Bengal will now be connected with the entire world,” the Chief Minister remarked.

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