Jharsuguda Airport Gets Ready For Operationalization

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Bhubaneswar: In another significant step towards growth of business and tourism in Odisha, Government is now all set to start the operations from Jharsuguda airport being developed by AAI as per MOU signed in 2014. The Airport is now getting ready for operationalization.

This was known from a high level review meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Sri Aditya Prasad Padhi in secretariat conference hall yesterday afternoon wherein Principal Secretary General Administration, Public Grievances and Civil Aviation Sri Ashok Kumar Meena outlined the issues for discussion.

Reviewing the progress, Chief Secretary Sri Padhi directed the Collector and Superintendent of Police Jharsuguda over video conferencing to ensure infrastructural facilities within a week. Sri Padhi also directed other concerned departments to provide necessary cooperation and assistance for smooth operation of the
Airport.

Review revealed that the infrastructural construction for phase-I operation of the air port is at the finishing point. State  overnment has provided 118.75 acers of land free of cost for the purpose. State has also provided Rs.75 cr towards State share of the total capital expenditure of Rs,210 cr. Apart from this, State Government has provided 52 security and fire personnel for peripheral security and anti-hijacking squad. All these personnel have been trained for air port operation.

The electricity and water facilities in the air port has been provided free of cost by the State. Government of Odisha has also exempted property and municipality taxes for the entire aerodrome including staff colony and other installations. The routes like Bhubaneswar to Jharsuguda and Jharsuguda to Ranchi have been taken up for regional connectivity from this air port. Further, it was proposed that shortly RCS-UDAN flights would start for which State Government agreed to provide its share of subsidy for travelling public.

Additional Chief Secretary Home Sri Asit Kumar Tripathy, Principal Secretary General Administration and Finance Sri Ahok Kumar Meena, CMD IDCO Sri Sanjay Kumar Singh, Additional Director General CID and CB Odisha Sri S.K.Upadhay, Director Civil Aviation Sri Himansu Bhusan Panda along with senior officers from  Ministry of Civil Aviation, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security and concerned departments participated in discussions.

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