GUWAHATI, July 23 – A meeting organized by the College of Aeronautical Engineering, Borjhar, at the Circuit House today expressed concern over the non-functional status of Assam Flying Club in Guwahati since the past two decades, and resolved to move Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for initiating appropriate steps to make the club fully functional with immediate effect.The meet was attended, among others, by veteran journalist DN Bezboruah, Captain Robin Bordoloi, Dr J Balaji, DC, Kamrup; adventurer Pranay Bordoloi, Capt KKK Singh, Bikrom Singha Lahkar, Captain Shoba Mani and Nitu Lahkar.
The meeting decided to form the Assam Flying Club Revival Committee under the presidentship of Captain Robin Bordoloi. Bikrom Singha Lahkar from the College of Aeronautical Engineering, will be the general secretary of the committee.
The meeting also requested the State Government to make a fully functional managing committee of the club, including aviation experts and people related to aviation and Assam Flying Club, in the new managing committee.
Bikrom Singha Lahkar, in his welcome address, mentioned how hundreds of interested trainees benefited and became successful pilots through Assam Flying Club.
“In the entire North-east, we do not have any major maintenance base. It is very pathetic that in the LGBI Airport, we don’t see any full-fledged hanger, which is a very minimum requirement for maintenance. In a single word, we are compelled to say that the airports in the North-East are being used only for passengers’ arrival and departure. Crores of rupees are being invested for development of aviation in the North-east but nobody is there to look after it. The North Eastern Council is giving subsidies to airlines and funding for development of airports, but still it is ten years backward compared to any other airport,” Lahkar said.
Lahkar said that while lakhs of people are recruited in the North-east aviation sector, not even ten per cent of those were locals.