State Cabinet gives nod to infuse Rs 300 cr
Kolkata: The state Cabinet has given its nod on Thursday to infuse Rs 300 crore for the revival of Andal Airport that would lead to an increase of its stake by 15 percent in the Bengal Aeorotropolis Projects Limited.
Keeping in mind the present situation, which is "below par", it was proposed to the state government to take a steps so that the company can revive.
BAPL comprises the state government and other private players who have their stake in it. The state government's share was 11 percent. With the decision to infuse Rs 300 crore, the stake of the state government would go up to 26 percent.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had headed the meeting in Nabanna on Thursday.
The initiative of the state government will help in revival of the airport at Andal. With the state's initiative, the airport will be getting a new lease of life and it will also come up at par with other airports.
It has been discussed in Thursday's meeting that with increase of traffic in Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, there is a need to develop other airstrips to ensure that the flight services remain unaffected.
The issues related to the airstrip at Behala and Cooch Behar has also come up in the meeting. There was discussion that how these airstrips can be developed further so that the air-connectivity in the state can be improved further.
It may be mentioned that after the change of guard in the state, the Mamata Banerjee-government had taken series of steps to improve the air connectivity.
Airstrips in North Bengal were developed and steps were taken to ensure operation of small flights from Kolkata.
It may be mentioned that number of passengers at Bagdogra Airport has gone up in the past few years.