Aizawl: The proposed visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates in poll-bound Mizoram on Monday has been confirmed by the state government officials who said that he will undertake his electioneering in Mizoram-Tripura-Bangladesh border Mamit assembly constituency.
State Civil Aviation officials told Zoram Chronicle on Thursday that Modi will land at the lone Lengpui airport near the capital Aizawl city by Indian Air Force (IAF)’s B-17 helicopter from where he will fly directly by the same helicopter to Mamit town, the headquarters of Mamit district. He will not visit Aizawl this time.
As the football playground at Luangpawl neighbourhood in Mamit, which was converted into a helipad following launching of district air connectivity in the state, was too small for landing of B-17 helicopter, the state Public Works Department (PWD) is undertaking extension of the landing ground.
“The area of the landing ground made of cement concrete is 15 metres diametre, which is being extended to 30 metres diametres for the Prime Minister’s helicopter,” a senior Civil Aviation official said.
As a rule aircrafts in which VVIPs in India are aboard are usually accompanied by a stand-by aircraft, the official said, adding that this time it will not be possible to construct a helipad to accommodate two helicopters at such short notice as it will require at least 75 metres diametre wide helipad.
Modi will be campaigning for former Speaker of the state Assembly Lalrinliana Sailo in Mamit constituency where he is contesting as official candidate of the saffron party.
Sailo recently resigned as Assembly Speaker and legislator following denial of party ticket by the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) and joined the BJP to become one of the saffron party’s 23 nominees to face the coming election to the 40-member state legislature to be held on November 7.
The Prime Minister is scheduled to return from Mamit and directly by the same helicopter without halting in Aizawl.