Decks have been cleared for according commercial status to the Adampur defence airport in Jalandhar, Minister of State (MoS) Vijay Sampla said on Friday.
Speaking to The Indian Express over the phone from New Delhi, Sampla said he had on Friday spoken with Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who informed him that the file pertaining to grant of commercial status to the Adampur Airforce station has been cleared by the ministry and that it has now been sent to the civil aviation department.
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“Now a meeting with civil aviation department would be held on Monday on the same issue,” said Sampla.
People of Doaba, which is the NRI belt of Punjab and from where around 60 lakh are settled abroad, have been demanding an airport since long.
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, too, had recently said that Parrikar had assured him that the Adampur airport will be granted commercial status soon.
Congress MP Santokh Singh had also met Parrikar a couple of days ago to press for the same demand.
Sources in the BJP said ever since the proposed AIIMS was shifted to Bathinda from Doaba, the party leaders were keen to secure a major project for Doaba so as to silence the Opposition.