Demand for flying club

Special Correspondent

KOZHIKODE: P.V. Chandran, chairman of the Calicut Airport Committee, has raised the need to set up a flying club here.

In a memorandum submitted to Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, he says the assistance of non-resident Indians can be obtained to establish the club. A flying club will throw open employment opportunities for youth interested in becoming pilots and solve the shortage of qualified pilots.

The airport committee has also expressed deep concern at the delay in completing work on the Calicut airport terminal. The committee members believe the work is being delayed with an ulterior aim of postponing commencement of operations by foreign airlines.

It has been decided to send a delegation to Delhi to convey to the Centre the committee's concern at the delay. The delegation will seek discussions with the officials concerned in the presence of the Ministers from Kerala, Vayalar Ravi, E Ahamed and A.K. Antony, and MPs from the State. The delegation is expected to visit Delhi in the second week of March.

The memorandum says the Kolathur junction-Airport Road is narrow, full of potholes and without dividers, footpath and proper lighting. It has appealed to the State Government to make allocation in the coming budget to repair and develop this road.