International airport in Hisar on cards: Khattar

New Delhi: Seeking to promote Haryana as a global destination for investment, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today said his government was taking steps to set up an international airport in Hisar which will cater to the need of the state’s western districts.

After launching an e-biz portal to facilitate investment and a helpline in Japanese for investors, Khattar said the state’s proximity to Delhi is an advantage and some of its southern districts are also close to the international airport in the national capital. There are other districts in the north which are close to the airport in Chandigarh.

“We have also begun moving forward so that there is a new international airport Hisar” in the western part of the state, Khattar said. The chief minister said his government wants to encourage industry and it is planned that “mega projects”, which entail an investment of over Rs 100 crore, could be provided special facilities.

He emphasised that the state aims at creating an industry-friendly environment where services are provided in a time bound manner. Khattar said that in the previous regime, the industry had faced problems but Haryana was now keenly working to encourage it as it can provide more jobs to people.

At the event, Khattar spoke to an investor from Japan in Japanese using the helpline established by the state for business people from that country. He said initiatives like the helpline in Japanese could be set up for other countries with whom the state has close business relations.

Haryana Finance Minister Abhimanyu, who was also present at the event, said that Haryana aims to be among the top five states in terms of ease of doing business and launching the e-biz portal is a step in that direction. To encourage investment, Khattar is also visiting Japan and China from 17th to 24th January.