Development work of Bilaspur Airport has come to a standstill, Hawai Suvidha Jansangharsh Samiti Bilaspur plans for an agitation

Development work of Bilaspur Airport has come to a standstill, Hawai Suvidha Jansangharsh Samiti Bilaspur plans for an agitation

Raipur: Hawai Suvidha Jansangharsh Samiti, Bilaspur, will hold an important meeting at 4 pm on Thursday to review the process of works done on facility front since the operation of the Bilaspur Airport on March 1, 2021 and other major issues related to the airport. It is worthwhile to mention, Bilaspur has been connected to the national capital Delhi only and that too via Allahabad or Jabalpur.

To be noted, the 3C VFR Airport could be possible in Bilaspur from March 1, 2021 following a public movement that continued for a longer period. Here only 72 and 78 seater aircrafts can fly during day. Once Sun sets in, flight operations is not possible here as the airport sans IFR (night landing facility). The terminal building is so small that it cannot accommodate passengers of two flights if they simultaneously land at the airport. The state government had in November, 2019, announced Rs 7 crore for the new building and Rs 8 crore for developing night landing facility at the airport. Till date, Public Works Department, State Government, could not even prepare a map of the building. Similarly, Airports Authority of India (AAI) had not even sent its team for a survey on the new constructions after the deposit of fund for the instalment of new equipment at the airport. It can be said that neither the state nor the center are serious about the development of Bilaspur airport even after assurance by the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Union Aviation Minister for every possible support for the development of the airport. The people of Bilaspur feel cheated by these governments.

To be mentioned, a number of private players carried out surveys to start their flight services from Bilaspur to metro cities across the country, but they could not make any progress when they came to know that this route is not included in the 4.1 Scheme. Similarly, the Central government is keeping mum on the demand of subsidy on the direct flight operations from Bilaspur to Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Kolkata instead of making its stand clear on the same. At present the passenger fare from Bilaspur to Delhi varies between Rs 7000 and Rs 8000, making passengers to catch either flight from Raipur or travel by train to Delhi.

Keeping aforesaid issues in mind, Samiti has convened a meeting at Raghavendra Rao Auditorium at 4 pm on Thursday. The Samiti may resume its agitation and a resolution to this effect may be passed in the meeting.