According to a Press Trust of India (PTI) report, Kolkata’s Howrah region is proposed to get a second airport in a bid to ease the passenger congestion at the existing Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (NSCBIA). Speaking at a function in Howrah yesterday, Subhash Chakraborty, West Bengal Transport Minister said, “There has been a considerable increase of passengers at the NSCBIA and so it was necessary to develop another airport and Howrah was the appropriate place for the purpose.”
Laying the foundation stone of a bus terminus at Ramrajatala in Howrah, Chakraborty informed, “Currently, a consultancy agency deputed by the state government is doing the survey work and once they give the report, the whole project will be finalised. There is land belonging to the Eastern Railway beside the Kona Expressway, but there is some dispute with the land and so we are thinking of some other land. We have directed all the MPs and the MLAs of the district to look for land and once they give a report, we will finalise it.
When asked on why Howrah has been chosen for Kolkata’s second airport, Chakraborty said, “Howrah is the twin city of Kolkata and an airport in this town was necessary. Moreover Howrah’s proximity to Kolkata will also help in developing this airport.”