Within three months of the beginning of commercial flight operation, uncertainty looms over the future of the Durgapur’s Kaji Nazrul Islam airport as average passenger occupancy is well below 35 percent.
At a time when demand and simultaneously the price of sponge iron is peaking up in India, the sponge iron units of Durgapur are facing acute iron ore crisis and are virtually struggling to keep production going.
Lack of industrial growth in the Asansol-Durgapur industrial belt in last three years has put serious question mark over the sustainability of the Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport at Durgapur where commercial flight operation began on 18 May.
After aviation regulatory, DGCA issued the all-important “Aerodrome license” to the airport at Andal in Durgapur on 24 April; project promoter BAPL is taking every possible step to commence flight operation by 15 May.
This summer Durgapur and the adjoining areas is witnessing a rather unusual weather condition because the scorching summer days for which Durgapur is ill-famed has still not been experienced in Durgapur this year.
Two-day long 54th Annual Conference of Hindustan Steel Employees Union’s unit at Durgapur Steel Plant and Alloy Steel Plant ends yesterday giving call for a united struggle to defeat union government’s intent of violating labour laws.