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Ambala airport would boost industries and connectivity, claims the Haryana chief minister

The Union government’s UDAN program authorized the civic enclave in Ambala, as it is known.

During the laying of the project’s foundation stone in Ambala Cantonment on Sunday, chief minister (CM) Manohar Lal Khattar stated that the domestic airport in Ambala would improve connectivity, promote industries, and increase economic activity in the area.

Khattar conducted the “bhoomi pujan” in front of Dushyant Chautala, the deputy chief minister, Anil Vij, and Kartikeya Sharma, a Rajya Sabha member, among others.

The so-called civil enclave was authorized under the UDAN project of the Union government, under which a terminal will be built on 20 acres of defense land costing 133 crore right next to the Air Force Station, with flight operations taking place on the IAF airfield.

Speaking at the event, the chief minister claimed that the airport would improve Haryana’s connectivity with neighboring states and boost economic activity in areas such as Panchkula, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra, Karnal, and others.

Almost 50 kilometers distant in Mohali, Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport, Khattar claimed the airport might serve as a support facility.

In his speech, Chautala predicted that a passenger terminal with a capacity of at least 200 people per hour will be built within six months, transporting passengers to the aircraft by bus.

According to Chautala, who also oversees the state government’s civil aviation department, “the government has applied for permission with the Union ministry of civil aviation to start flights for Srinagar, Varanasi, Jaipur, Amritsar, and Delhi.”

Khattar then proposed that planes may also go to Lucknow, Shimla, and Dehradun.

The initiative was hailed as Vij’s “dream project,” the six-time MLA claiming that what was formerly thought to be unattainable is now feasible.

Since the Army, Air Force, Defense Ministry, and numerous other departments needed to approve the plan, a lot of work was put into making sure it came to fruition, Vij continued.

The Ambala DC Dr. Shaleen, who was previously with the civil aviation department, and Chautala, who facilitated all of the approvals, were also praised by the minister for connecting the dots since their hiring.

Additionally present were Dr. Raja Shekhar Vundru, additional chief secretary, Divisional Commissioner Renu S. Phoolia, Colonel A. Bhatnagar, IG Ambala Range Sibas Kaviraj, Aviation Department Advisor Shekhar Vidyarthi, and Superintendent of Police Jashandeep Singh Randhawa.

Farmers protest unpaid sugarcane debts; CM promises $8 billion

A number of sugarcane farmers from various unions also demonstrated against the CM and demanded payment of outstanding debts totaling 42 crore.

In a meeting with Khattar that was set up by the government, it was reportedly promised that 8 crore would be paid out by next week and the remaining money would be spent on the sugarcane buy for the next year.

Source- Hindustan times

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