DHUBRI: Members of Rupshi Airport Revival Demand Committee (RARDC) led by its senior member, Bhagawati Bajaj and secretary, Jyotirmoy Chakraborty visited the airstrip recently and urged AAI to reopen it soon. A seven-member team of RARDC visited the Rupshi airstrip and took stock of the works.
The members expressed satisfaction over completion of the airport after a long demand which undoubtedly would fulfil the aspiration of air connectivity from lower Assam with rest of the country.
Talking to The Sentinel, senior member of RARDC, Bhagawati Bajaj informed that at last their dream will be coming true with the reopening of the Rupshi Airport and this part of Assam would be again in the air connectivity map of the country.
“All the works barring few already have been completed in September this year. Now it is waiting for formal inauguration with Dhubri-Guwahati flight by Airport Authority of India (AAI). People of this part, waited for 36 long years to get their demand fulfilled, so AAI should start operation at the earliest,” Bajaj added.
Secretary of RARDC, Jyotirmoy Chakraborty informed this scribe that on May 24 last year, Bhumi pujan was performed and spade works got underway in the land measuring 1071 bighas belonging to Rupshi Airport under the Bogribari Revenue Circle of BTC.
“Rupshi airport was one of the five airports in the north east region that is to be reopened under the Udan 2 project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced last year,” Chakraborty further informed.
Chakraborty said that airport is located 15 kms from Dhubri town, built during World War II, but remained closed since 1983.
Now Dhubri-Gauripur will be fast emerging as twin-city in lower Assam with all modes of communication—road, rail, river and air, which till late 70s remained operational. But all the modes of communication barring road closed down at different points of time. However, after reopening of the airport socio-economic development would definitely usher after a long time gap of nearly 40 years, Chakraborty hoped.