The Govt of India is committed towards providing better connectivity to remote areas, especially places like A&N Islands, said the Union Minister of Civil aviation ,Shri Ashok Gajapati Raju Pusapati while speaking as the chief guest in the ‘Andaman & Nicobar Civil Aviation Seminar 2015’, held at the mini conference hall of the DRRAIT auditorium, Dollygunj here today.
The Minister also reiterated the commitment of Ministry of Civil Aviation to provide better connectivity to the Islanders so that these Islands also prosper in all spheres like other state in the Country. “My Ministry is always ready to solve the problems of the Islanders as the civil Aviation Sector is concerned”. He said.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, the Union Minister said that the construction of the New Airport Terminal has already started, and it will have all the facilities of International standards. The Minister said that Port Blair Airport will soon have night landing facility which will improve the frequency of flights to this picturesque Island. “we are fairly in advanced stage as far as the matters of night landing is concerned”, the Minister added.
Turning to Tourism sector, the Union Minister expressed contentment that about 3 lakh tourists visited these Islands, which itself has a population close to 4 lakhs, which, he said, is a great achievement.
The Minister showered all praise for the UT Administration for striking a balance between development and environment. “You are promoting tourism by preserving your habitat, pristine beauty and rich biodiversity; this, the Minister said, is a matter of pride for the whole country. While the Islands are doing great in leisure tourism, the adventure tourism is in an ascent stage, the Minister said, suggesting for also considering wildlife tourism in these Islands. He exhorted all to work together to take our country to greater heights.
The Lt. Governor also spoke about the viability gap funding model which was tried first in A&N Islands by way of launching the chartered flight connecting Delhi-Port Blair-Car Nicobar. It has indeed boosted the morale of the Tribal population, Administration and Defence Personnel residing in Car Nicobar, the remotest District of the country, said the Lt, Governor.
The all important seminar was organized by the Directorate of Civil Aviation and the Andaman chamber of Commerce and Industries.