Aviation Minister Raju unveils Bhatinda airport
Bhatinda (Punjab) [India], Dec. 11 (ANI): Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju and Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha inaugurated the first ever airport in Bathinda at Virk Kalan village on Sunday.
Boarding the first flight from Delhi to Bhatinda, Gajapati Raju, Sinha and Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal were among the dignitaries who landed here.
Speaking on the inaugural function, Raju said, "In India there are 31 domestic airports, which are functional at the moment and now with the inclusion of Bhatinda Airport, it will rise to 32."
Raju further said the government will construct another 10 airports in Punjab by April 10, 2017, including in Ludhiana, Pathankot and Aadampur, where the foundation stone would be laid very soon.
When asked about the status of renaming of the Mohali Airport to Bhagat Singh Airport, the minister responded positively.
Among other dignitaries who were present on the occasion are AAI chairman Guru Prasad Mohapatra, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and many BJP leaders.
The plane would fly for three days in a week. (ANI)