Chhattisgarh, formed on 1st November, 2000, is the 10th largest state of India with an area of 135194 sq. km. The State is known for its electricity and steel production and contribute to 15% of steel production of India.
The State is being increasingly recognized as a leading brand for attracting investments in the Country and Credible Chhattisgarh is resonating across business houses. Economic and social development focusses on comprehensive and sustainable growth of the State and in creating gainful employment opportunities.
It is the exceptional combination of development through value addition to natural resources and diversification of industries, led by innovation and technology that places Chhattisgarh amongst the preferred business destinations in India.Centrally located in the Country, the State offers an added advantage of being able to grow into a hub to cater to and operate across regional markets in India.
Aviation sector plays important role for linkages to trigger the economic, industrial and tourist growth. At present the aviation infrastructure and passenger traffic of state is small compared to other developed states. Swami Vivekananda Airport in Raipuris the sole commercially operating airport. The Raipur airport received 0.93 million passengers and handled more than 8,000 flights in 2014-15. Further, connectivity would be augmented with the commencement of international flights.
The State has eight air strips located at Bhilai, Bilaspur, Korba, Raigarh, Jagdalpur, Ambikapur, Jashpur and Sarangarh regions. Aviation Sector in Chhattisgarh has witnessed growth owing to the measures adopted by the government such as Reduction of VAT on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) to 4%, exemption of landing and parking charges on the conditional operation of flights, etc. Other factors such as economic growth and influx of tourists also supported the aviation industry of the State by keeping the demand buoyant. However, the air infrastructure in the State is still at a very nascent stage.
As per the assessment of Aviation Department of State, around 5000 numbers of passengers on monthly basis travels to foreign destinations. The current investments and tie-ups with foreign investors, especially in field of mining, power generation, urban development and tourist destinations will further increase the international air traffic from the state.
The envisaged vision for Chhattisgarh Civil Aviation is as follows:
Development of State of the Art/ World classAviation Infrastructure to provide
sustainable, affordable and smooth air connectivity at regional, national and
Development of Resilient Aviation Infrastructure to promote inclusive, sustainable
and affordable growth to support industrialisation and economic development
The key objectives to achieve the vision are as follows:
a. Improvement in interstate and regional air connectivity by –
b. Development of Aviation infrastructure by –
c. Promotion of State as preferred destination for aviation sector by –
In order to achieve the vision and objects the Aviation Department and State Government will make requisite financial, incentives through policy / schemes and work in coordination with AAI and other concern departments. The outlined strategies are as follows:
|Improvement in interstate and regional air connectivity by
|Development of Aviation infrastructure by creation of
|Promotion of State as preferred destination for aviation sector by