Lalmonirhat Airport to be launched after forty years

Dhaka, Wednesday   26 June 2019

Lalmonirhat Airport to be launched after forty years

 Jinnatul Islam Jinnah, Lalmonirhat Daily-Bangladesh

 Published: 09:46 PM, 28 April 2018  

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The government has taken initiatives to launch Lalmonirhat Airport made by the British during World War II after almost 40 years.

The airport, which was abandoned after the Partition of India in 1947, was launched in the 1980s but it was closed again within a few days.

When the airport starts, the people of North Bengal are expecting a massive change in the socio-economic system with communication.

It is known that the airport was abandoned after the Partition of India in 1947. It was introduced by reforming the 1980s but it stopped again. Since then, the people of the northern region have long been demanding to reopen the airport again. Finally, the present government responded to their application.

A source told Daily Bangladesh that the Ministry of Finance has allocated money for the runway reforms. About 4 miles long runway, the size of the airport is 1,168 acres. If this airport starts in Lalmonirhat, then it will be one of the largest airports in Bangladesh.

Lalmonirhat, a reliable source of the Air Force`s Maintenance Unit, told Daily Bangladesh that the Bhutan government kept the list of Lalmonirhat Airport on the list but it is time to implement it due to the complexity of the airspace.

However, the airport can be used internationally if there is a tripartite agreement between India-Bangladesh-Bhutan. If all is well, this year it will be possible to launch Lalmonirhat Airport.

FBCCI President Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin told Daily Bangladesh that if the airport of Lalmonirhat is opened, then it will serve as the main tool for economic development of the district in the north. Trade will expand with that. Apart from India, communication between the Bhutan and Nepal will be easier and faster.

Lalmonirhat Sadar Upazila Parishad Chairman AKM Mominul Haque told that it is a long-time demand of the people of Lalmonirhat to relaunch the Airport.

For the launch, the team of Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry visited Lalmonirhat several times. Because their reports were satisfactory and due to the people`s demand, the government decided to relaunch the Lalmonirhat Airport.

District Council chairman Advocate Motiur Rahman told Daily Bangladesh that the airport`s runway will be resumed and the Prime Minister took steps in this regard. In the first phase, there will be two flights per week in the air.

State Minister for Social Welfare and Lalmonirhat-2 MP Nuruzzaman Ahmed told that he has been talking to Prime Minister about the launch of the airport. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has assured that the air travel will start from this airport very fast.

Lalmonirhat Airport was built during British rule, during the Second World War, the British government, and one of the main aircraft to protect the then India. Without this base, the history of India and English was different. 

Lalmonirhat was called `gateway to north-east` and `mouth of Assam`. Lalmonirhat was the only way to reach India`s northeast and the vast province of Assam.

DailyBangladesh/Adnan