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Odisha has got the regulatory approval for third airport in Rourkela

Bhubaneswar:8/1/19: Good news for flyers! Odisha has got the regulatory approval for third airport in the State. This is for Rourkela, touted as the industrial capital of Odisha.

At present, the State has Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) in Bhubaneswar and Veer Surendra Sai Airport at Jharsuguda.

The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday provided licence for operation of flights in the Rourkela airport, saying it will pave opportunities to connect the Steel City with rest of the nation.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has confirmed the news in a tweet.

Earlier, officials of the Civil Aviation Department had reviewed the progress and preparedness of the airstrip at Rourkela and had declared the airport is ready for providing air connectivity under ‘Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik’ (UDAN) scheme.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) and Airport Authority of India (AAI) for operation and management of the airstrip in May last year.

SAIL is the owner of the Rourkela airport and signing an MoU with AAI is mandatory for introduction of commercial flights from the airport.

In September last year, the AAI had announced that there are three more airports will come up in Odisha in 2019. These are in Jeypore, Rourkela and Utkela (Kalahandi).


About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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