The Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Bhupesh Baghel, has shot a letter to Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, requesting him to take necessary measures for the fulfillment of a long pending proposal to set up an Army camp in Bilaspur.
Baghel stated in the letter that the state has already allocated about 1000 acres of land to the Ministry of Defence for the establishment of the Army Cantonment in Bilaspur, but the process of setting up this army camp is yet to be started.
Initially, an airstrip was desired along with for setting up the Army Cantonment. In view of this, the state government has developed the airstrip in Bilaspur and completed necessary procedure. Bilasabai Caveen Airport, Bilaspur is now recognized by DGCA in 3C VFR category, the Chief Minister mentioned in the letter. Now this airstrip is available to cater to the aviation related requirements of Civil Aviation and the Army.
The Chief Minister has written that commercial passenger services are commencing from Bilaspur on March 1. The state government is keen on setting up an Army camp at Chakrabhata, Bilaspur. The establishment of army cantonment in the state will not only speed up the proper development of this area, but also the opportunities for Army service will be readily available to the youth of the state. The presence of Army Cantonment in the state is also expected to be helpful in the direction of eradication of extremism.
Baghel said that in view of the benefits to the State Government and the Central Government from the establishment of the Army Cantonment, the State Government wants to urge the Ministry of Defence to start the process for the establishment of the camp. In this direction, the state government is also ready to consider other related requirements of the Ministry of Defence and the Army. In this context, the State Government is ready to work with the Ministry of Defense and I look forward to your cooperation.