Punjab state has become the first state in the country to have two International airports. This was stated by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal while interacting with the media persons on the sidelines of the inaugural of first international flight from Mohali airport to Sharjah (UAE) here on Thursday.
The CM said, “It is a matter of great pride and satisfaction for the Punjabis that Punjab was the first in the northern region to have two international airports. International Airport at Mohali, second in the state after Amritsar, was result of persistent efforts made by the state government. This will become instrumental in narrowing the distances of western countries with Punjabis.”
International flights would give much needed boost to state’s economy
He said that the commencing of international flights from this airport would give much needed boost to the economy of the state by connecting it with the rest of world. Likewise, Badal while thanking the Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajpatti Raju, said that it was a magnificent gift of NDA government to the Punjabis settled across in different parts of the world as it would enable them stay well connected with their roots.
The Chief Minister said that this airport would act as a catalyst to boost Industrialization in the state besides showcasing Punjab as the most preferred investment destination to woo the leading entrepreneurs across the world to make huge investments in the state.
Badal said that International Air connectivity from Mohali was all the more important because it would connect the entire Northern region comprising Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttrakhand and even the Western part of Uttar Pradesh with the other parts of the world. He said that in the absence of this international airport daily a large number of passengers from the Northern states were left with no other option but to travel Delhi for boarding the international flights, which not only caused undue harassment to them but also resulted in huge wastage of time, money and energy.
Earlier the Chief Minister accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister welcomed the Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajpatti Raju. Among others present on the occasion were Irrigation Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MLA Derabassi N K Sharma, Advisor to Chief Minister on National Affairs Harcharan Bains, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister S K Sandhu, Principal Secretary Civil Aviation Viswajeet Khanna, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Gaggandip Singh Brar, Media Advisor to Deputy Chief Minister Jangveer Singh, Special Principal Secretary to Deputy CM Rahul Tewari and Mayor Municipal Corporation Mohali Kulwant Singh.
Major push to hosiery, woolen, garments and cycle industry in Ludhiana
Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said that this Airport would be instrumental in giving major push to the hosiery, woolen, garments and cycle industry in Ludhiana. He also hoped that with the commissioning of International flights from Mohali Airport, the local farmers of the state would be enormously benefitted especially from the country like Dubai, which had a tremendous export potential of agro and food items.
Local farmers to get tremendous export potential of agro and food items in Dubai
Sukhbir Badal said that not only the industry will be benefitted from the Mohali International Airport but it will also open doors for the local farmers to get tremendous export potential of Agro and food items in Dubai.
While divulging upon this, Sukhbir said that farmers of Punjab will get opportunity to go global for their produce and will get rich returns and international market exposure. He said that government has given major opening to all such entrepreneurs of Punjab to get connected internationally.
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