Airport in Sindhudurg was inaugurated twice: Today is the third inauguration of the airport.

Airport in Sindhudurg was inaugurated twice: Today is the third inauguration of the airport.

The Sindhudurg Airport, which has been embroiled in a feud between Shiv Sena and Narayan Rane, is finally being inaugurated today (October 9). The airport has been inaugurated twice so far. However, due to non-availability of many necessary facilities, the flight was not started at this airport. Today is the third inauguration of the airport. Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections.

Sindhudurg Airport

The Sindhudurg Airport, which has been embroiled in a feud between Shiv Sena and Narayan Rane, is finally being inaugurated today (October 9). The airport has been inaugurated twice so far. However, due to non-availability of many necessary facilities, the flight was not started at this airport. Today is the third inauguration of the airport. Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections.

Alliance Airlines is launching flights at the airport from today. As per the schedule announced by Alliance Airlines, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia will inaugurate the airport at 2 pm by waving the flag from Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan.

Immediately after that, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will inaugurate the airport at Chipi.

Airport in Sindhudurg was inaugurated twice: Today is the third inauguration of the airport.
Airport in Sindhudurg was inaugurated twice: Today is the third inauguration of the airport.

The inauguration ceremony will be attended by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister of the Mahavikas Aghadi government and Union Minister Narayan Rane from the BJP.

What is the credit of the airport?

The airport has been under discussion for the last few days even before its inauguration, thanks to the approval of the airport at Sindhudurg and its efforts to make it happen.

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  • On September 7, 2021, Narayan Rane addressed a press conference in Delhi and said that Sindhudurg Airport would be inaugurated by Jyotiraditya Scindia on October 9 and there was no need for Uddhav Thackeray to attend the event.
  • The next day, on September 8, 2021, MP Vinayak Raut held a press conference in Sindhudurg. “We had met the civil aviation minister on September 2 in this regard,” Raut said. On September 7, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray contacted Jyotiraditya Scindia and fixed October 9 as the date. Raut further alleged that during the entire tenure of Narayan Rane, only 14 per cent work was done at the airport. We personally followed up with the central government and arranged the work of this airport.
  • On September 9, 2021, the day after Raut’s allegation, MLA Nitesh Rane released a video of himself. In this video, Nitesh Rane claims that Vinayak Raut and Shiv Sena are taking free credit and Narayan Rane has laid the foundation of the airport.

He showed the place to the then Air Transport Minister Madhavrao Scindia and got the proposal approved at the Center. The navy had refused to allow the Goa government to use the airport, which is currently under its control. But as there was a need for an international airport near Goa, we started efforts to build it at Sindhudurg, said Sudhir Sawant.

Inaugurations and meetings of leaders so far

  • The first plane landed at Sindhudurg Airport on 12 September 2018. Deepak Kesarkar was the Guardian Minister. As it was Ganesh Chaturthi, Kesarkar brought an idol of Chakka Ganapati from the plane and installed it in the terminal building in collaboration with IRB.
  • On March 5, 2019, the main building of the airport, the terminal building, was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Even then, the Chief Minister’s plane had landed at this airport.
  • On 9th January 2021, Suresh Prabhu visited this airport. Reacting to the media at the time, Suresh Prabhu claimed that when he was the Air Transport Minister at the Center, all the permits for the airport had already been obtained during 2018-19.
  • Not only that, we have included this airport in the central flight plan even though the airline has not started operating from this airport. The Lord had also said at this time that we have got the permissions which were not possible.
  • On January 20, 2021, MNS staged an agitation at the airport. The name of this movement was Tarikh Pay Tarikh. Dates are announced but the flight does not start. So MNS had flown paper planes at this airport.

How much does the airport benefit Sindhudurg?

Alliance Airlines will operate the airline at the airport. As the airport is included in the central flight plan, the initial fare from Chipi to Mumbai will be around Rs 2,550 to Rs 2,800 per passenger.

The flight will depart from Chippewa every morning at 11.35am. It will reach Mumbai at 1.00 pm. The flight will leave Mumbai at 1.25 pm and reach Sindhudurg at 2.50 pm.

It is learned that the two-month reservation has been completed.

But the Goa government’s international airport is under construction in the village of Mopa, about 40 km from Chippewa Airport. GMR Company is building this airport.

Work on the airport has been suspended for the past eight months on some environmental issues. It has been raised by the Supreme Court. The airport is spread over 2200 hectares and almost all domestic and foreign airlines will start operating at this airport in Goa.

So will tourists land at the nearby Chipi Airport? That is the question.

Moreover, there are no major tourism projects in Sindhudurg yet. Also, the question arises as to how many passengers will come and go from the plane coming on the chip.

Because if a passenger from Devgad or a passenger from Vaibhavwadi wants to go to Mumbai by plane, he will have to pay Rs.

If Sindhudurg has the infrastructure and projects to complement international tourism, the airline can operate 365 days a year.

Welcome from Sindhudurg residents

Whatever the political debate, the airport is coming into shape after a wait of almost 25 years.

The people of Sindhudurg are as happy as when the Konkan Railway was started. Therefore, the inauguration of the airport is being welcomed.

Built by IRB at a cost of about Rs 800 crore, the airport is well-equipped.

The runway, which is about 2700 meters long and 60 meters wide, has been constructed at the airport, which will enable large aircraft to land and take off at the airport in the future, the IRB management said.

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