Hyderabad: Union minister for civil aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia has assured Telangana of the Central government's full support in developing and expanding Hyderabad international airport. He also said that adequate measures will be taken for the formation of six new airports as requested by the state government.

Mr. Scindia who is in the city to participate in several programmes met Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao at Pragathi Bhavan here on Saturday.

KCR requested Mr. Scindia to develop more facilities at Hyderabad international airport to operate flights to other countries. He explained that Hyderabad is fast becoming a hub for business, IT, health, and tourism and Telangana is growing and expanding. As people from various parts of the country and abroad are visiting the state, direct flight connectivity should be increased to south-east Asia, Europe, and the USA, the CM added.

He also requested the Union minister to take immediate measures and extend support for the setting up and development of six airports in the state and asked him to extend Metro rail connectivity to the Hyderabad international airport.

In response, Mr. Scindia said the Centre will extend full support to develop Hyderabad international airport as Hyderabad is developing into an international city. He added that immediate measures will be taken at Mamunnoor in Warangal, which is part of the proposals for six airports, to start ATR operations soon.

He said technical clearance will be given for the proposed airport at Jakranpally in Nizamabad district. He also said his ministry will examine and monitor the setting up of the airport at Adilabad with support from the Air Force. He assured the CM that for the proposed landing and take-off of small aircraft at Pedapalli (Basanth Nagar), Kothagudem, and Devarakadra (Mahboob Nagar), the matter will be re-examined and necessary action will be taken.

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