Kanpur: Union Coal minister and MP from Kanpur Sriprakash Jaiswal has met Civil Aviation minister Ajit Singh on the matter of a new airport for the city.

The two met on May 17 wherein the coal minister spoke of the Indian Air Force's station being currently used for civilian operations, a statement issued by Jaiswal's office said.

This poses "its own difficulty to stay connected with important routes and therefore a separate airport must be developed," it said.

On his part, Singh has "assured" Jaiswal of soon completing a survey for the site of the airport within 20-25 kms of the city and then directing the Airport Authority of India (AAI) in connection with the matter.

The minister also requested Singh to restart the Delhi-Kanpur-Kolkata service and launch one connecting Delhi-Kanpur-Mumbai.

(Agencies)

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