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Lapang moots Shillong-Dhaka air service

A Shillong-Dhaka air service will be among a host of issues likely to be taken up by Chief Minister D D Lapang when he meets Bangladesh Premier Sheikh Hasina in New Delhi on Monday.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2010 13:49 IST

A Shillong-Dhaka air service will be among a host of issues likely to be taken up by Chief Minister D D Lapang when he meets Bangladesh Premier Sheikh Hasina in New Delhi on Monday.

Lapang has been invited by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to attend a state banquet in honour of the Bangladesh Premier at New Delhi tomorrow evening.

He said besides a bus service, a Shillong-Dhaka air service was under "active consideration" of his government and he would raise the matter with Hasina.

"We have persuaded Air India to explore the possibility of a Shillong-Dhaka flight. The deputy commissioner of Ri-Bhoi district, where the Shillong Airport is located, has been entrusted to complete the process of land acquirement for expansion of the airport at the earliest," Lapang told PTI.

Meghalaya shares mutual interest in terms of trade besides geographical and historical contiguity with the neighbouring country.

Though Bangladesh is next door, people from Meghalaya need to undertake a long journey either to Agartala where the only visa office in the North-east is located or to Kolkata.

The Meghalaya Government had on earlier occasions too taken up the matter with the Centre for setting up a visa office in the state capital.