Monday, February 6, 2023

Air connectivity in North East real‘Bharat Jodo: Jyotiraditya Scindia

Union Minister of Civil Aviation (MoCA) Jyotiraditya Scindia on Monday in an apparent swipe at Rahul Gandhi drew a parallel between Congress’ 150-day long march and the air and rail connectivity of the North East with the rest of the country, calling the latter as “real Bharat Jodo”.
“Air and rail connectivity with the North Eastern (NE) region with all the states is the real ‘Bharat Jodo,” Scindia told ANI without naming Rahul Gandhi and the Congress party.
The remarks of Scindia came on the sidelines of the inauguration of air connectivity from Hollongi (Itanagar) airport in North East Region with metropolitan cities Mumbai and Kolkata.
Bharat Jodo Yatra is a 150-day-long march launched by Rahul Gandhi.
Itanagar airport, also known as Hollongi airport and officially named as Donyi Polo Airport, is a greenfield airport that serves Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh. Scindia on Monday flagged off flight operations of IndiGo from New Delhi, which connects Itanagar to Mumbai via Kolkata.
The Airport Authority of India has developed the greenfield airport in Itanagar with the help of the Centre and the state government with expenses of around Rs. 646 crore.
Air connectivity with all the states in the country is a mission and will continue till all the airfield in the country is connected with flight operations, he said.
Scindia also said that flights from Imphal to Mandalay (Myanmar) and from Agartala to Chittagong (Bangladesh) will be started soon as part of enhancing international air connectivity in the region.
The event was also attended by MoCA secretary Rajiv Bansal, Union Cabinet Minister Kiren Rijiju and Arunachal Pradesh deputy CM Chowna Mein and IndiGo’s principal adviser RK Singh.

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