DONER Day Cel­e­bra­tion in Shil­long, Megha­laya

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The Min­istry of De­vel­op­ment of North East Re­gion or­ga­nized a one-day event “DONER Day Cel­e­bra­tion 2016” this year at Polo Ground, Shil­long – Megha­laya. The theme of the ex­hi­bi­tion was ‘Mera Desh Badal­raha Hai, Aage Badh Raha Hai’. This event was pre­ceded by the 65th Ple­nary Ses­sion of the North East Coun­cil at an­other venue in Shil­long, in which Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion was rep­re­sented by the RED, NER, AAI.

The event was in­au­gu­rated by Sh. Naren­dra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia fol­lowed by a Pub­lic Rally. The venue of walk through Ex­hi­bi­tion was shifted from Polo Ground to the Jawa­har Lal Nehru In­door Sports Com­plex, near Polo Ground due to the Prime Min­is­ter’s Rally at Polo Ground. Direc­torate of Ad­ver­tiz­ing and Vis­ual Pub­lic­ity(davp), Govt. of In­dia was the or­ga­niz­ing agency. The Prime Min­is­ter landed on the ALG of East­ern Air Com­mand, Shil­long.

AAI was in­vited to par­tic­i­pate on be­half of Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion. A three­mem­ber mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary team was de­puted from AAI, CHQ for the ex­hi­bi­tion. The ex­hibits were the cor­po­rate movie of AAI, a dig­i­tal walk through of Paky­ong Air­port, and var­i­ous pan­els, standees and scroller show­ing the role of AAI in the Civil Avi­a­tion of In­dia with spe­cial ref­er­ence to the air­port ser­vices and de­vel­op­ment in North East Re­gion. The re­sponse to the AAI stall was ap­pre­cia­ble. The AAI team mem­bers replied to the queries raised by the vis­i­tors. The salient points raised by the vis­i­tors was as fol­lows: ➢ Ex­ten­sion of run­way at Shil­long for op­er­a­tion of Big­ger air­crafts like A320. ➢ De­mand for more in­ter­na­tional con­nec­tiv­ity from the two Air­ports in NER – Guwahati and Im­phal. ➢ De­mand for more flights at Agar­tala

and Im­phal. ➢ The vis­i­tors of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim raised the de­mand for build­ing air­ports in their states. AAI team ap­prised them about the up­com­ing Green­field air­port at Paky­ong, Sikkim and the de­vel­op­ment of Tezu Air­port, Arunachal Pradesh and pro­posed green­field air­port at Ho­longi near Itana­gar, Arunachal Pradesh. ➢ Due to the im­mense po­ten­tial for trade of nat­u­ral pro­duce of the re­gion like gin­ger, pineap­ple, or­chids other medic­i­nal herbs etc, there is a de­mand for set­ting up Cen­tre for Per­ish­able Cargo at ma­jor air­ports of NER like Guwahati, Im­phal and Agar­tala. ➢ There was a de­mand for more flights at the un­der­served air­ports of NER. Deepti Bhat­na­gar, SM (ATC), AAI, CHQ.

Deepti Bhat­na­gar, SM (ATC), AAI, CHQ

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