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The Bagdogra Airport in North Bengal is to be expanded

The Bagdogra airport in North Bengal the Gateway Airport to the North East besides being the landing point for tourists proceeding to Darjeeling, Sikkim and Meghalaya is all set to be expanded. The airport situated near the strategic Chicken's neck is also the landing point for people going to Eastern Nepal and Western Bangladesh.

West Bengal government cleared the decks for the expansion of Bagdogra airport

The West Bengal government has cleared the decks for the expansion of Bagdogra airport as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee handed over 104 acres of land to the Airports Authority of India for the project.

The demand for the expansion of the airport’s infrastructure was raised in several quarters in the past few years following a steep rise in the number of flights and passengers. The rise in the passenger count had made the AAI draw up plans for the expansion of the terminal building and allied infrastructure.

The AAI, for the first time, paid Rs 25 crore to the state as compensation

But it took time for the state government to arrange for the land. The AAI, for the first time, paid Rs 25 crore to the state as compensation. It needed to be paid to a tea garden, from where the land had been acquired.

We have handed over the land that was required for the airport. It will help in the expansion of the Bagdogra airport that has recorded an exponential growth in terms of the number of passengers in the past few years,” Mamata said at an administrative review meeting of Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts on September 30th.

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