Lengpui Airport makes way for cargo planes

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Aizawl, Nov 29(UNI) The Union Commerce ministry has given a nod to 90 per cent air transport subsidy for Mizoram, paving way for imminent cargo plane service between Aizawl and Kolkata, according to Chief Minister Zoramthanga.

The commerce ministry had approved 90 per cent air transport subsidy recently for the state and consequently upgradation work of the Lengpui Airport for cargo planes operations begun in full swing.

An amount of Rs 50 crores had also been received from the DoNER ministry for upgradation of the airport after a long delay while plans were on to install instrumental landing system (at the Lengpui Airport), opening a door for Mizoram's farmers to export their produces, Mr Zoramthanga announced while opening a new BDO office at Ruantlang under his Champhai constituency yesterday.

During his recent visit to the national capital,the CM had pleaded to concerned officials for introduction of Being-737 and 757 cargo plane services for easy export of fruits and cash crops.

According to officials, the airport's runway has to be enlarged to at least 9500 feet from the existing 8200 feet to accommodate cargo planes.

Mr Zoramthanga also announced that the Asian Development Bank had allowed Mizoram a structural adjustment loan of Rs 600 crore. The loan amount will be utilised for medical reimbursement for non-government employees in referred cases, voluntary retirement scheme for teachers and for recovery of high interest loans the state government had availed, he CM added.

Since Mizoram is India's gateway to Bangladesh and Myanmar the central government had initiated the border trade projects through which Mizoram will be benefited, Mr Zoramthaga informed.


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