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Re­cently, the Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia (AAI) has signed a Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) with the State Govern­ment of Ch­hat­tis­garh for de­vel­op­ment of Raigarh Air­port at the es­ti­mated cost of 280 crore. The MoU was signed in pres­ence of Ra­man Singh,

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Ch­hat­tis­garh to get sec­ond air­port at Raigarh

the func­tion was chaired the Chief Min­is­ter, Ch­hat­tis­garh. VP Agrawal, Chair­man, AAI and Su­bodh Kumar Singh, Sec­re­tary Avi­a­tion, Govern­ment of Ch­hat­tis­garh signed the MoU. Also present at the func­tion were Su­nil Kumar Chief Sec­re­tary, DS Mishra, Addl Chief Sec­re­tary (Fi­nance), N. Bai­jen­dra Kumar Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary and Chair­man NRDA, and se­nior of­fi­cials of the State Govern­ment and Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia.

Raigarh Air­port will be the sec­ond air­port for do­mes­tic flights in the state. State Govern­ment has pro­vided 592 acres of land to AAI for Con­struc­tion of the air­port. Ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing, Agrawal com­mended the Ch­hat­tis­garh Govern­ment for re­duc­ing the tax on ATF from 25 to 5 per cent; as a re­sult of which the num­ber of do­mes­tic flight op­er­a­tions and pas­sen­ger move­ment have in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly.

On this oc­ca­sion, the Chief Min­is­ter de­clared that the tax on ATF will be fur­ther re­duced from 5 per cent to 1 per cent on com­mence­ment of In­ter­na­tional flights from Swami Vivekananda Air­port, Raipur.

Agrawal de­clared that the Con­struc­tion of Air­port at Raigarh will be­gin im­me­di­ately on re­ceipt of the land. The Air­port will be de­vel­oped in two phases. In the 1st phase the air­port will be de­vel­oped as suit­able for the op­er­a­tion of Q- 4 type of air­craft hav­ing run­way length of 1,870 me­ters with width of 45 me­tres. The 2nd phase of the air­port will be de­vel­oped for op­er­a­tion of A-321 type of air­craft.

On this oc­ca­sion, the Chief Min­is­ter handed over the pos­ses­sion of 350 acres of land to Chair­man AAI for fur­ther de­vel­op­ment and up gra­da­tion of Swami Vivekananda Air­port as an In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

VP Agrawal, Chair­man, AAI and Su­bodh Kumar Singh, Sec­re­tary Avi­a­tion, Govern­ment of Ch­hat­tis­garh ex­changed MOU, in the au­gust pres­ence of Ra­man Singh, Chief Min­is­ter, Ch­hat­tis­garh

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