As the first international flight from the city took off on Thursday, it was also a time for key office-bearers and members of Mohali Industries Association (MIA), the organisation that filed a public interest litigation in the Punjab and Haryana high court seeking the start of international flights in December 2015, to celebrate. And celebrate they did.
Starting off from the MIA Bhawan in Phase 7, around 175 members, some with families, carried out a 70-car rally starting at 3pm to the airport. On the way to the airport, the association had also installed hoardings expressing gratitude to Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. Finally, at the airport, MIA members outnumbered politicians. Sensing their enthusiasm, Sukhbir walked up to the members of the MIA to greet them.
Time for prediction
It was also a time for reflection and predicting happy times ahead.
“It is historical day not just for the region but for the MIA as well,” said KHS Dhindsa, an industrialist.
“International flight is real boom for the industry which brings SAS Nagar on global platform,” said Sanjeev Garg, another MIA member.
Other CII member reactions
Munish Goyal, MD, Madhav Group, said, “This will bring in greater investment. The CII road show with Punjab government in Dubai is an outreach exercise to attract investments to Punjab, Challanges to boosting trade have been addressed.”
Sachit Jain, MD, Vardhaman Textiles, said, “Industry needs connectivity. The new flight will increase efficiency.”
JS Bedi, chairman, Gyan Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, SAS Nagar, said “ The globe-trotting youth from the region, especially from the tricity, have a lot to cheer. Aspirations of the youth from the region to get exposure at institutes of learning abroad can now be easily met.”
Kamna Aggarwala, director, GDPA Fasteners, “West Asia is being looked at for both incoming investments and expansios. Road shows work as refreshers of new developments.”
Among other industrialists who boarded the flight, Vivek Kapoor, industrialist from SAS Nagar, said, “I feel so honored and lucky to be a part of this historical event. Apart from convenience to the residents of tricity, this will be a major economic boost.” JS Randhawa, general manager, exports, PSIECI, said, “People from Chandigarh, J&K, Punjab, and parts of Haryana, will benefit. This will save time and unnecessary hassle.”
(By Hillary Victor, Ifrah Mufti, Shailee Dogra and Tanbir Dhaliwal)