Bhopal: Batting for international status for Bhopal and Indore airports, the chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said he would soon hold meeting with Central government and take up the matter with the authorities. International flights from Bhopal to places like Dubai and Singapore could be started as Rajabhoj Airport has all the facilities at par with international standards, said Chouhan.
CM was addressing a function held at Rajabhoj Airport to hoist 100 feet high national flag on Friday. Airport Authority of India (AAI) will maintain flag. AAI chairman Guru Prasad Mahapatra, local MLA Rameshwar Sharma, Mayor Alok Sharma were also present on the occasion.
Keeping in view the growing number of passengers, the Chief minister emphasized on the need to strengthen boost air connectivity in the state and assured to provide all possible support.
Stressing on boosting the air connectivity for domestic passengers, the chief minister said, “When rail fare for first class AC is now almost at par with air fare, there must be more air services from Bhopal and other cities of the state as the people would prefer to take a flight instead of traveling by train.” AAI chairman Guru Prasad Mahapatra said, that four inter-states flights will start from Bhopal, Indigo and jet will operate these flights.
Chouhan also laid the foundation of 1MW solar energy plant at Airport. On the occasion, AAI signed MoU with MP Urja Vikas Nigam for solar energy plant. He plant will generate 12 lakh unit electricity and will bring down the electricity bill of the airport by Rs 1 crore.
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