Silchar (Kumbhirgram )

Silchar Airport (IATA: IXS, ICAO: VEKU) is located in Silchar in the state of Assam, India built by the British in 1944 and is also a Civil enclave airport as it is under the control of Indian Air Force. The airport is situated on the foothills of the Barail range. It is the fourth busiest airport of the north-eastern India next to Guwahati, Agartala and Imphal. Silchar Airport handles about 230,000 passengers yearly. Approximately 30 flights per week depart from the Silchar Airport for cities like Imphal, Guwahati, Kolkata, Jorhat and Agartala. It is equipped with Instrument Landing System CAT I and Night landing facility. Plans are on to set up a new integrated terminal which would facilitate modern passenger comfort and accommodate more passengers. The Indian Air Force has not thought till now of starting the night landing facility at Silchar Airport. The airport area is surrounded by tea gardens, so one can enjoy a nice and a clear view of those tea gardens during take off and landing. On 15 March 2003 Indian Airlines (now Air India) started using ATR 42-320 (operated by Alliance Air) aircraft to Kolkata, Imphal and Guwahati routes. After a long wait for many years the runway and apron extension work finally stabilized on August 2007 and then the last Boeing 737-200 flight took off for Kolkata on 2 September 2007 which was operated by Alliance Air (present name Air India Regional) and from the next day itself Air India started operating Airbus A320 on Kolkata route as the old Boeing 737-200 aircraft were not in safety zone in terms of flying purpose. On May 2011 JetKonnect a subsidiary company of Jet Airways introduced daily flights on Kolkata and Guwahati routes using their ATR 72 aircraft.

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Silchar (/ˈsɪlˌʧə/ or /ˈʃɪlˌʧə/) (Bengali: শিলচর Shilchôr) is the headquarters of Cachar district in the state of Assam in India. It is 343 kilometres (213 mi) south east of Guwahati. It is the second-largest city of the state in terms of population and municipal area. It also has the 2nd busiest Airport (76 civilian flights/week) in Assam and 4th busiest in North east after Guwahati, Agartala and Imphal. After around 68 years of Indian independence, only recently, the railroad connectivity has been upgraded to broad gauge. Suresh Prabhu, the present rail minister, has announced direct rail connectivity to metropolitan cities like New Delhi and Kolkata with regular train services having been commenced as planned. Being politically stable in the otherwise disturbed Northeast earned it the bon mot of "Island of Peace" from India's then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Approximately 90% residents of Silchar are Bengalis who speak the Sylheti dialect, the rest being Bihari people, Bishnupriya Manipuri, Dimasa Kachari, Manipuri (Meitei), Marwaris, Assamese and some tribal groups like Nagas. Silchar is situated by the banks of the Barak River in what is popularly known as Barak Valley. Rice is the staple cereal. Fish is also widely consumed. Shuţki (the local name for dried fish), shidal chutney and chunga-r peetha (sticky rice cakes prepared inside bamboo sticks) are some of the local delicacies.

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