Bhopal: Union civil aviation minister, Praful Patel, said Friday the government intends to spend Rs850 crore over the coming year on expansion of airports and extension of air services in Madhya Pradesh. "Rs 850 crore will be spent on the expansion of airports in Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur and Khajuraho and Gwalior's military airbase in next one year. Work has been started at some of these airports," Patel said.
Patel was in the city to attend a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) meeting.
"The state government has allotted 350 acres of land for the expansion of Raja Bhoj airport at Bhopal. Now the runway length of the airport will be extended by 3500 meters to enable large planes to land at Bhopal," he added.
"Due to competition and Open Sky policy adopted by the ministry, air services in the country has become affordable for even general class people," he said. He also said that despite a rise in international oil price, the expansion of air services in the country remained unaffected.
Regular flights from Khajuraho have begun and the work at the terminal building will be complete soon.
Night landing facilities were being developed at Jabalpur, he said.