Puducherry airport to become operational in 2 months: Minister

Puducherry airport, under expansion, would become operational in the next two months, Union Minister of State for Planning and Parliamentary Affairs V Narayanasamy said on Saturday.

Last Updated: May 08, 2010, 15:52 PM IST

Puducherry: Puducherry airport, under
expansion, would become operational in the next two months,
Union Minister of State for Planning and Parliamentary Affairs
V Narayanasamy said on Saturday.

Kingfisher Airlines had agreed to operate flights from
Bangalore and Kochi to Puducherry, a former French colony
visited by foreign tourists in large numbers, he told
reporters here.

The airport project was conceived by the Union Territory
Government as part of its initiatives to promote Puducherry as
a major tourist destination.

The existing airport set up on a minimal scale some years
ago was used essentially for VIP visits barring a brief period
when a private airlines operated flights to Chennai.

Narayanasamy, who represents Puducherry in Lok Sabha, said
he along with Chief Minister V Vaithilingam and Tourism
Minister Malladi Krishna Rao recently held discussions with
Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel for speedy completion of
the expansion of the runway and installation of facilities in
the airport so that it could be activated and made fully
operational.

`The airport would be thrown open for traffic in the next
two months,` he said. The territorial government had sought Rs
200 crores for full development of the facilities.

He also said necessary steps have been initiated to
procure sufficient quantum of gas to ensure that the
state-owned Puducherry Power Corporation Limited produced the
required power to meet the demand of Karaikal region.

Narayanasamy said Congress President Sonia Gandhi had
agreed to visit Puducherry during last week of next month to
declare open the high-tech women and child hospital and also
to inaugurate the housing colony for rehabilitation of
tsunami-hit fishermen families.

PTI