Raipur: Chhattisgarh government has decided
to connect the Naxal-affected Bastar region with air taxi services, state officials said on Wednesday.
Presently, there is an airstrip in Bastar, which is used
only for VIP visits to the region.
According to the officials, the state government had
started taking steps in this regard around four years back.
However, the Centre had turned down the proposal, citing the
reason of inadequate security at the existing six airports in
the state, they said.
Officials said that now, Chhattisgarh government has
speeded up the process to put in place all the facilities at
the airports in the state.
Collector of Bastar P Anbalagan said, "Since Bastar is a
very sensitive region, the airport here should have all the
necessary facilities. At present, there is no night landing or
take-off facility. Therefore, we have requested the state
government to make it available at Jagdalpur airport."
He added that there is a need to create hangars for the
State Aviation Secretary R S Vishwakarma said that Rs 10
crore have been sanctioned to create an airstrip in the
Naxal-affected Dantewada region as well.
The state government is also planning to hand over the
Jagdalpur airport to the National Airports Authority, he said.
There are also proposals to extend the runway at
Jagdalpur airport and also set up an ATC there. Vishwakarma,
along with the Director of Aviation Subodh Singh, controller
of Mana airport in Raipur Anil Roy and four other officials
took a stock of things in this regard, sources said.