Bhubaneswar: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has urged the state Government to go in for a greenfield airport. AAI Chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra has written a letter to the State Government in this regard .
He mentioned about The Airports Authority of India’s requirement of 1,500 to 2,000 acres of land for such an airport in Bhubaneswar.
Dr Mohapatra during his recent visit to the State had held discussions with Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi and other senior officials regarding the additional land requirement for the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA). There is a problem to acquire 64 acres of land in the existing airport area while removing various existing structures, which transpired during the discussions, pointed out Mohapatra. So, he has urged the State Government to identify a suitable area for making a new airport. And the land be needed for an international airport is 1,500 to 2,000 acres and preferably not far off from the main city of Bhubaneswar.
Mohapatra said it would be ideal if the land acquisition process is made in such a way that a new airport is constructed and commissioned from 12 to 15 years from now, which would match with the present growth of the Bhubaneswar airport. He promised to provide necessary assistance in this respect and urged the State Government to inform the AAI accordingly.