Punjab Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal on Saturday said no flights would be diverted from the Amritsar airport to any other place since the state had taken up the issue with the Union government, besides initiating efforts to launch more international and domestic flights in the flight schedule of Sri Guru Ram Dass International Airport in Amritsar.
Talking to mediapersons after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple along with his wife and Union minister Harsimrat Badal, Sukhbir said: "We have apprised the Union civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju in this regard and he promised that no flight will be diverted or transferred from Amritsar."
Sukhbir said the Punjab government was trying to resume the suspended flights. "We have approached Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Indigo and some other international and domestic players to resume and launch new flights from Amritsar," he added.
Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union finance minister Arun Jaitley for awarding second international airport to Punjab at SAS nagar, Sukhbir said Punjab had benefitted from the NDA government in a short span of one year.
He said Punjab had also sought Rs 3,000 crore for the rejuvenation and renovation of irrigation system from the Centre and hoped that the state would get more Central funds.
Reacting to Amritsar MP Captain Amarinder Singh's statement about the ensuing paddy season, the deputy CM said the government was fully prepared to ensure smooth and hassle-free procurement. "It reflects the level of Amarinder's frustration, whose political future is at stake.
'SAD-BJP DIVORCE NOT POSSIBLE'
On being asked about the SAD-BJP alliance's current situation and issue raised by chief parliamentary secretary Inderbir Singh Bolaria, the deputy CM said in a democracy everyone had the right to express and raise issues. Sukhbir said he had already made it clear that the SAD-BJP had unending relationship with a strong marriage and there is no chance of a divorce.
"Today, if development work is going on in Bolaria's constituency, that is also being done by the state government under the leadership of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal," he added.
Bolaria is on protest since the past month demanding that a solid waste management plant should not be set up in his Amritsar (South) constituency.