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.