Narayanaswamy

Air Services from Puducherry to Resume from Aug. 16: CM

Puducherry: Air services from Puducherry would resume from August 16 with the commencement of a flight from Puducherry to Hyderabad, Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy said today.

Talking to newspersons here, he said the revival of flights would bring more tourists to Puducherry and also boost trade.

“Spice Jet will fly to Hyderabad and Vijayawada in the first phase,” he said, adding that flight services to Bengaluru, Kochi and Tirupati are in the offing.

“Odisha Air had come forward to operate flights from Puducherry to Salem and Bengaluru,” he added.

Narayanasamy said, following an agreement, arrangements are being made to handle cargo at the port here.

“The Dredging Corporation of India has been entrusted with the work to dredge three lakh cubic meters of sand from the estuary to enable the movement of cargo ships and 95 per cent of the work has been completed. Meanwhile, some people are trying to stall the port project cutting environmental reasons. Port and Airport operation is a must for the generation of employment opportunities,” he added.

“The port here would ensure the development of the Union territory,” the Chief Minister said.

On the issue of the nominated members, the Chief Minister said that the Speaker had given his ruling and the issue is pending before the Madras high court.

“In this backdrop, someone talking about the formation of a government led by BJP which do not have a legislator here is ridiculous,” he added.

He said the BJP had utilised money and muscle power in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha election and finally ‘Dharma’ had won with the election of Ahamed Patel.

Narayansamy said that BJP could not grow in Puducherry and the claim that they would form the government is coming out of frustration.

“BJP had fielded 18 candidates in the last assembly election and all of them lost deposit,” he said, adding that it is a ‘day dream’ that such a party will come to power here.

He said Union Finance Minister was pressed for the inclusion of Puducherry in the Central Finance Commission and he had assured to take steps in this regard. “With this, the financial allocation would raise from the present 27 per cent to 42 per cent.”

The UT is getting only Rs 567 crore for non-plan expenditure and the additional amount due has not been provided for several years.