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AAI visits proposed Chiethu airport

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and Member AAI-Planning, VP Agarwal along with other dignitaries at Chiethu after making the first ever aerial landing at the proposed airport site Thursday.
Published on 14 Nov. 2008 12:17 AM IST
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Member (Planning) Airport Authority of India, VP Agarwal, Thursday visited the state for an on-the-spot verification of the proposed airport site at Chiethu, under Kohima district. According to a press release issued by the press secretary to the state chief minister, Agarwal was taken on a visit to the airport site along with the Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio; Planning Minister TR Zeliang; Forest Minister MC Konyak; Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board, Neiba Kronu; MLA Dr. N Kire and a host of senior officers of the State Government. Upon arrival Agarwal was received by representatives of Chiechama village, under whose jurisdiction Chiethu falls. He along with the other dignitaries took an aerial survey of the site followed by a visit by road. Agarwal expressed satisfaction on the feasibility of constructing an airport at the selected site and assured that he would make efforts to make the project a reality. As per the project report, a runway of about 2.2 kilometers in length is being proposed at a cost of about Rs. 700 crores which includes other aspects of the complete project. The department of Transport and Communication led by the Commissioner and Secretary gave a detailed explanation of the project to the dignitaries at the site. The Chief Minister gave a brief explanation on the urgent need for an airport at the State capital and informed that once the airport project gets underway, road connectivity would be taken up for easy accessibility to the airport from the main centre of Kohima. He also appreciated the contribution of the landowners, who were willing to part with their traditional lands in the greater interest of the State. Representatives of Chiechama village declared that they would extend all possible assistance and cooperation for early realization of the project. They assured the Government that they would extend social security and cooperation to all agencies that would be involved in the project construction. A helipad has already been constructed at the site and Chiethu experienced its first ever aerial landing today. Later in the day Agarwal was given a warm send-off by Planning Minister TR Zeliang and Additional Chief Secretary, Lalthara from Kohima Helipad.

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