Lieutenant Governor Virendra Kataria on Tuesday returned to Puducherry after a week-long visit to New Delhi, where he met Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.

A Raj Nivas communication said that the meeting between the two hovered around revival of AFT Mill. Mr. Kataria sought the permission of Home Ministry for the sale of a piece of land of AFT Mill purchased earlier out of its profit to clear all its debts, including salary and put the mill back into operation for which the file had already been sent to the Home Ministry. Mr. Shinde promised to accord sanction.

Mr. Kataria also met Union Textile Minister Kavuru Sambasiva Rao and held discussion in connection with AFT Mill and other defunct mills in Puducherry.

The Lt. Governor emphasised the need for rehabilitating the mills to resume operation and urged for financial assistance. The Textile Minister agreed to send a team of high officials of the Ministry to visit Puducherry and study the condition of the mills.

The Lt. Governor also met Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh and requested for increasing airline connectivity from different parts of the country, which would help in development of industries and tourism in Puducherry.

Mr. Singh told Mr. Kataria about shortage of small aircraft for this purpose and said that he would explore the feasibility of operating more flights to Puducherry from different places, including Chennai.