Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on July 7 informed that direct flights from Shillong to New Delhi will be introduced from the end of September this year.
“Direct flights from Shillong to Delhi will be operational from September end. Tender has been finalised and LOI is being issued to the successful bidder,” Sangma said after chairing a meeting with officials of the state transport department.
The meeting, which was also attended by Transport Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar, also discussed on setting up of heliport/helipad to provide a regular and reliable helicopter service for the citizens.
“Two locations identified in East Khasi Hills and West Garo Hills. Transport department to submit DPR to the Ministry of Civil Aviation,” Sangma said.
He said the Transport department is in the process of preparing the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for setting up of Heliport at Umsawli, East Khasi Hills district and at Doldegiri, West Garo Hills district to submit the same to the Ministry of Civil Aviation for necessary funding.
The meeting discussed the setting up of the Institute of Driving Training and Research (IDTR) in the state.
“The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has a scheme for setting up one Model Institute of Driving Training and Research (IDTR) in the state for the improvement in road safety,” an official said.
The Transport department officials apprised the chief minister that the department had available land at Wahiajer, West Jaintia Hills district and at Jengjal in West Garo Hills district which were donated by the community free of cost.
The Detailed Project Report (DPR) is being prepared for both the locations to be submitted to the MoRTH for funding.
“Inspection and Certification Centres (I&CC) are required to be setup for the issue of fitness certificates for all categories of vehicles and for undergoing mandatory idle emission tests,” an official said.