CM seeks Rs3,000 crore for airport in Mandi

Tribune News Service

Shimla, November 15

The Chief Minister today urged Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to grant Rs 3,000 crore for construction of greenfield airport at Mandi in the next year's Union budget.

Sitharaman today held a virtual meeting with all chief ministers and finance ministers of the states to discuss ways to create a reform-focused business climate and further facilitate investments to help boost growth.

Thakur sought assistance for strengthening air connectivity in the state. He also urged her to provide adequate funds for construction of national highways. "The Centre and the state governments were bearing the cost of Bhanupalli-Bilaspur rail line in 75:25 ratio. Keeping in view the strategic importance of Bhanupalli-Bilaspur-Leh railway line, the Centre should bear full expenditure of the proposed railway line," he said.

Thakur urged the Union Minister to get the Rs 2,095 crore ADB Tourism Infrastructure Development Project approved from the screening committee of Economic Affairs Department. He said this would give much-needed boost to tourism activities in the state.

He said in order to make private sector partner in development, the state government organized a Global Investors Meeting in November 2019 in which 703 MoUs worth Rs 96,720 crore were signed.

The Chief Minister said that the state had succeeded in harnessing about 10,948 MW power potential till date. The projects worth about 5497 MW had been allocated to the private sector for execution. He said that one-time amnesty scheme for giving a boost to the power sector has proved a boon to the power sector in the state.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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