Jamshedpur, Oct 20: Akash Shah, representative (Business Affairs) of Jamshedpur East MLA Saryu Roy has sent a message to Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia through Twitter demanding air service in the city. Shah said: “Jamshedpur is the industrial capital of Jharkhand and contributes significantly to the country’s economy, but it is a pity that there is no direct air service from here, due to which the common citizens, businessmen and entrepreneurs have to bear the brunt of this. In 1984, 45 seats of Vayudoot from Sonari Airport in Jamshedpur were serving Kolkata and Patna, then in 2004-2005, MDLR was serving 74 seats and Deccan was serving 40 seats. MDLR’s airlines used to connect the city to the states of Delhi, Chandigarh and Goa. But due to some reasons, the airstrip here was disqualified from the security point of view of these planes. It is a matter of investigation as to why this was done. At present, to travel by air, the people of Jamshedpur have to travel a distance of 125 km to reach Ranchi Birsa Munda Airport. The project of the proposed international airport at Dhalbhumgarh is also hanging in the balance due to land acquisition, forest clearance and other reasons”.
There are many such airports in our country, they are located in the mountainous area and other high altitude rare places, but there are regular flights operating there. He said that in Jamshedpur’s Sonari Airport, small planes can also operate like the above airports. Former Union Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha had also announced to start service of small planes from Jamshedpur. Shah has urged the Union Minister to take meaningful initiative towards starting air service from Jamshedpur.
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