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Jharsuguda airport has been made fully operational with five flights operating from there presently

Bhubaneswar:11/9/19: In another significant move for growth of business and tourism in Odisha, Government has put the regional air connectivity projects on the fast track. Jharsuguda airport has been made fully operational with five flights operating from there presently. The airport has been connected with different parts of the country. Two more flights from Jharsuguda to Bangalore and Jharsuguda to Kolkata will be started soon.

This was decided in the State Level Monitoring Committee meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy in Lok Seva Bhawan conference hall today wherein Principal Secretary Home and General Administration Sanjeeb Chopra outlined the issues for discussion.

Reviewing the progress, the Chief Secretary directed to widen the airstrip at Rourkela for the operation of bigger flights which would benefit the people. Presently, Rourkela airport with 5900 ft runway has been made ready for operation of the 19 sitter flights. Routes like Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Raipur have been decided for the airport. Airport Authority of India has also floated the bidding inviting offer from airlines operators. Tripathy further directed to complete the construction of the terminal building, runway and other associated infrastructure at Jeyopore airport in Koraput district as per the master plan of works departments with an estimated cost of Rs. 55 cr. The progress regarding the development of Utkela airstrip in Kalahandi district showed that the social impact study has already been completed and submitted to Government. No major issues of displacement and rehabilitation are involved in it. The process for land acquisition has been started. Chief Secretary directed to complete the process within the scheduled time.

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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