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CMO rejects Chishi’s statement
DIMAPUR, JUN 22 (NPN):
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Published on 23 Jun. 2011 12:36 AM IST
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Responding Congress MLA and former chief minister K.L.Chishi’s statement accusing the state government of having done little to improve air services in Dimapur, the Chief Minister’s Office, through the press secretary in a clarification, termed the statement as “misplaced information.”
The CMO said the chief minister and the state government had addressed the multiple air connectivity problems faced by the state with the Centre and ministry of civil aviation on several occasions by urging them to intervene and improve air connectivity in Nagaland. Apart from letters, the CMO said the chief minister had also highlighted the problems at various fora and meetings with both the prime minister and civil aviation minister.
It said on March 22, 2006 the chief minister wrote a follow up letter to then union civil aviation minister Praful Patel and also stressed on the urgency of building an airport in Kohima. Again on June 25,2009, the chief minister in a memo to the civil aviation minister requested improvement of air connectivity to Dimapur and reminded him of an earlier request for introducing daily Airbus services to Dimapur and introduction of Airbus services between Dimapur and New Delhi via Guwahati and vice versa. The CMO also mentioned various offers made for the proposed Chiethu airport in Kohima.
On September 20, 2010 the chief minister again reminded the civil aviation minister of previous letters for improvement of air connectivity by providing daily flights from Dimapur to Delhi via Guwahati and vice versa. The chief minister also urged introduction of private airlines to cover Dimapur as per central government policy. The chief minister also requested rationalization of air structure from Dimapur to Delhi as is being done in case of Imphal. He also reiterated the need for introduction of daily Airbus flights between Kolkata-Dimapur-Kolkata. He suggested that Flight IC 7719 from Jorhat-Kolkata be made to link up Dimapur.
The CMO also said on October 8,2010 the chief minister once again reminded the prime minister about the new airport at Chiethu Kohima.Also at the recent NEC meeting in Delhi, the chief minister again highlighted the problems of air connectivity in Nagaland and the long duration of flights to Dimapur due to “no-fly zone”in Assam.
The CMO said the above were just some of the initiatives that were undertaken by the chief minister and the state government with the government of India for improving air services and air connectivity in Nagaland. CMP expressed the hope the centre will take appropriate measures to address the problems since the state was landlocked.

 
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