Jyotiraditya Scindia promised for the expansion Hyderabad International Airport.

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Hyderabad: Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has promised complete support for the expansion and development of Hyderabad International Airport in the wake of increasing passenger traffic to Hyderabad from various countries even as Telangana is emerging as an economic hub in the country. He also promised to take necessary steps to set up six more airports as requested by the State government.

The Union Minister, who was in Hyderabad to participate in various development programmes, called on Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao at Pragathi Bhavan here on Saturday. The Chief Minister hosted a lunch in honour of him.

During the meeting, Rao requested the Union Minister to further improve air connectivity from the Hyderabad International Airport to various countries as Telangana was developing into an economic growth centre and Hyderabad was emerging into an international city. He brought to the notice of Scindia that Telangana, including Hyderabad, continued to grow as a business hub, IT hub, health hub and tourism hub. In view of this, he emphasised the need to take measures to increase direct flight connectivity from Hyderabad to Southeast Asia, Europe and the US as travellers are arriving from various parts of the country as well as various international cities.

He also wanted the Civil Aviation Ministry to take immediate steps and provide necessary support for the development of six airports in various towns proposed by the State government. He also sought immediate measures to provide metro rail connectivity to Hyderabad Airport.

Responding to the requests from the State government, Scindia said the Hyderabad international airport needed further development and expansion keeping in view the future needs. He assured the State government of complete support in this regard. He explained that the Airports Authority of India will take measures to commence ATR operations from Warangal (Mamunur) airport, one of the six proposed airports in Telangana. Further, technical clearance will be given for the Jakranpalli airport in Nizamabad district. He also said his ministry would examine and monitor the establishment of an airport in Adilabad district with support from the Indian Air Force.

The Union Minister assured the Chief Minister that for the landing and take-off of small aircraft at Pedapalli (Basanth Nagar), Kothagudem, Devarakadra (Mahbubnagar), the matter would be re-examined and necessary action would be taken.

Ministers KT Rama Rao, Vemula Prashanth Reddy, Mohd Mahmood Ali, MP J Santosh Kumar, G Ranjith Reddy, Government Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, Union Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola and Joint Secretary Amber Dubey, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, Special Chief Secretary K Ramakrishna Rao, Principal Secretary (Transport) Sunil Sharma, CM Principal Secretary S Narsing Rao, Secretaries Smita Sabharwal, Rajsekhar Reddy, GMR Group Chairman Grandhi Mallikarjuna Rao and others participated.

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