Army's biggest airbase will get land soon, says Mamata

All hurdles to acquiring land for the country’s largest airbase for the Indian Army will be cleared soon, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee assured  senior Army officials.

The high-profile meeting took place on late Monday evening at the Kalimpong Circuit House, around 50 Km from Darjeeling where the chief minister is staying during her two-day visit to the hills. The meeting chaired by her was also attended by Lieutenant General K J Singh, commander of the Sukhna-based 33 Corps, state Chief Secretary Sanjoy Mitra and North Bengal Development Minister Gautam Deb, among others.

While Deb told reporters that the meeting was “fruitful”, sources in the chief minister’s entourage as well as in the Army said that Mamata is personally taking interest in having the problem sorted out and gave her clearance for the strategic project. She reportedly asked Deb and officials to help in the process to acquire land, which includes waste land and tea garden. The airbase, meant for the Army Aviation Corps, will stretch over around 670 acres and will be the largest in the country.

The project had run into the usual difficulty over land acquisition but the CM showed interest after the Army pointed out that the project would create thousands of jobs for local people.

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