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Atmosphere not right for Private Capital Investment in Bihar: Fernandes
Gaya, 2 April. The Defence Minister George Fernandes has said that the
atmosphere is not right for development in Bihar in this era or private
capital investment. But the state government is not successful in providing
the secure environment in which private investment can take place. Mr
George Fernandes was addressing the press after the ground breaking
ceremony [bhumi puja] at the proposed new passenger terminal, technical
block and fire station.
He said that by the end of the year Gaya International Airport would
be on the map of international airports. He said that after the separation
of Bihar from Jharkhand it was necessary to overcome factional tendencies
and to advance together. Today, he said, was the era of private investment
in the world. In Bihar private investment was needed but the atmosphere
of security and administrative support for investment was not present.
It was up to the state government to do something about this as at the
moment there was no atmosphere of security in the state. There were
speed breakers on every highway, and there were speadbreakers on the
road to progress.
Addressing the meeting the [State?] Parks Minister M. Shah Nabaz Hussain
said that from next year pilgrims from Bihar going on pilgrimage to
Mecca would leave from Gaya airport. He said there were more airports
in Bihar than any other state in India. There were some such as that
passengers could get out of the plane and directly via into an airbridge
into a terminal, whilst in Delhi and other cities passengers went via
bus to the terminals. He said that the security at Gaya airport was
the best in all Bihar and after works were completed it would be the
largest in all of Northern India. Mr Hussain said that the airport was
being reconstructed at a cost of 112 crores of rupees.[around 280 million
The Central Coal and Mines Minister Ravishankar Prasad said that it
was only through tourism that Bihar could develop. All that was needed
was the desire to succeed and he appealed to the state government to
take positive steps and to guarantee complete security to foreign tourists
so that they could travel without fear around the sites of the state.
[the report continues in this vein with statements by the BJP State
President Kailashpati Mishra and others.- the general gist of which
is the state government should do more for the development of the state.
There is also another report headed 'Congratulations on the ground puja
and foundation stone laying ceremony for airport' which contains further
homilies by various figures on importance of the airport for the future
of Gaya. - PGF]