Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has written a letter to Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, requesting the setting up of a long-pending army camp at Bilaspur at the earliest. Drawing the attention of the Union minister towards the development of the state, the Chief Minister has written that the state has allocated about 1000 acres of land to the Ministry of Defense for the establishment of the Army Cantonment in Bilaspur. The process of setting up this army camp is pending.
Initially, requirements of the airstrip were stated along with it for setting up the Army Cantonment. Because of the aviation requirements of the region, the state government has developed the airstrip and completed the necessary procedure. Bilasabai Caveen Airport, Bilaspur is now recognized by DGCA in the 3C VFR category. 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 starting 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 Naxal extremism.
Mr. Baghel has said that because 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 Defense to expedite its establishment. In this direction, the state government is also ready to consider other related requirements of the Ministry of Defense 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.