Taking another step towards air-connectivity in North-Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel today performed Bhoomi Pujan of upgradation work of Maa Mahamaya Airport in Ambikapur at a cost of Rs 44 crore. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the development of Ambikapur, Balrampur, Surajpur, Koriya, Jashpur would not only accelerate due to the start of air services in Surguja, but the development of the entire state would get more momentum. Air connectivity in North Chhattisgarh is not only the dream of the people of Surguja division but of the entire Chhattisgarh. In a virtual program organized at his residence office here today, Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel handed over 302 works costing Rs 324 crore 42 lakh to Surguja and Balrampur-Ramanujganj districts. He inaugurated and performed Bhoomi Pujan of 107 different development works worth Rs 247 crore 91 lakh in Surguja district and 195 development works worth Rs 76 crore 51 lakh 88 thousand in Ramanujganj-Balrampur district.

On this occasion, Urban Administration and Development Minister and Minister in charge of Surguja district Dr. Shivkumar Dahria, Higher Education Minister and Minister in-charge of Balrampur-Ramanujganj district, Mr. Umesh Patel, Home Minister Mr. Tamradhwaj Sahu, Health Minister Mr. T.S. Singhdeo, Food Minister Mr. Amarjit Bhagat, School Education Minister Dr. Premsai Singh Tekam, Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Subrata Sahu were present at the Chief Minister’s residence. Parliamentary Secretary Shri Chintamani Maharaj, MLA Shri Brihaspat Singh, Dr. Pritam Ram joined the video conferencing program.

While addressing the program, the Chief Minister said that with the start of air service, development and tourism will get a boost in the entire Chhattisgarh including Surguja. The journey from Ambikapur to Raipur and Banaras will also become easy. Mr. Baghel said that the people of Bilaspur were also demanding to start air service there for many years. When our government was formed, work was done on a war footing to fulfill his dream. Today the dream of the people of Bilaspur has come true. Air-service has started from Bilaspur’s Bilaspur Airport to Prayagraj, Delhi and Jabalpur. Similarly, there are regular flights from Maa Danteshwari Airport in Jagdalpur to Hyderabad and Raipur. There are also works for further expansion of air facilities.