Himachal CM meets Rajnath Singh and demands an international airport in Mandi
SHIMLA: While meeting with the central ministers in New Delhi on Thursday, the chief minister not only raised the issue of the construction of the international airport but also demanded liberal financial assistance for the construction of cable cars, for which he demanded a grant from Rs 500 for the implementation of cable car projects in the state.
In a meeting with the defense minister. Rajnath singh , Jai Ram Thakur raised the question of the creation of an international airport in Himachal Pradesh, which could also be important from a strategic point of view. He informed Raahnath Singh that he intends to build an international airport in the Mandi district for which 3479 bighas of land have been identified in Nagchala. He said that a team from the Airport Authority of India has inspected this land and after the survey has been found to be suitable to build the airport.
He said the Mandi district is centrally located and accessible from border regions. He said that with the exception of Chandigarh, there is no other defense airport available in the region for armed and defense campaigns. Therefore, establishing a defense airport would be an effective step from a strategic point of view. In addition, it would also help to give a boost to the tourism sector and the state's economy. He urged the minister of the Union to develop this airport as a defense airport.
During his meeting with the Minister of the Union for road and highway transport. Nitin Gadkari In New Delhi, Jai Ram Thakur asked him to approve a subsidy of 500 million rupees for the implementation of cableway projects in the state.
He said that the state government has decided to use the cable car system as an alternative ecological transport solution to decongest cities, tribal areas and high mountain passes. He said that for this state, the government has established Ropeways and Rapid Transport System Development Corporation Limited as a unique nodal agency to provide innovative alternative solutions to mobility problems in urban and rural areas of the state.
He said that since the construction of the cable cars is air transport, it does not require much land acquisition and deforestation and could be executed in a very short period of time. He said that the state needs the assistance of the Government of the Union for the implementation of these transportation projects in the State that were in line with the dream of the Union Minister to provide air connectivity (cable cars and sky bus) in congested areas and in remote isolated homes.