It was a breathing space for the district administration of West Garo Hills, Meghalaya, to have cleared the deadlock for land acquisition, paving the way for the completion of the Baljek Airport in the Garo Hills, the foundation stone for which was formally inaugurated by Former President Pratibha Patil about five years back. Yet another airport in Meghalaya - Umroi Airport - too is yet to be fully functional. On the other hand the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has undertaken an Rs.300-crore project to modernise Agartala airport and upgrade it to international standards by 2016.
Agartala and Meghalaya are the states in North East India, the militancy activities have equally dented the development of the society in both the state, but when it comes to development, Agartala has been termed as one of the fastest developing states. The state tops in Health Care, Education, Best administration and other governance. But, Meghalaya in comparison seems to be sitting at rock bottom in all these spheres. Such disparities are evidence of the standards of government in the respective states.