Bhubaneswar: Flight services to 2 more cities Kolkata & Bengaluru from Veer Surendra Sai Airport in #Jharsuguda to begin soon. Apart from that, tender of Rs 55 crore for the airstrip project of Jeypore airport has also been completed, informs #Odisha Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy. Earlier, the Civil Aviation Ministry had introduced commercial flight services to six cities of the country under the Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN)-3 scheme.
A decision to this effect was at taken at the State-level Monitoring Committee meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy at Lok Seva Bhawan here on Wednesday. Home Secretary Sanjeeb Chopra outlined the issues for discussion. Civil Aviation Director Himansu Bhusan Panda was present.
Tripathy directed to widen the airstrip at Rourkela for operation of bigger flights which would benefit the people. Presently, Rourkela airport with 5,900 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. The Airport Authority of India has also floated the bidding inviting offer from airlines operators.
Tripathy further directed to complete the construction of terminal building, runway and other associated infrastructure at Jeyopore airport in Koraput district for which Rs 55 crore has been sanctioned.
The progress regarding development of Utkela airstrip in Kalahandi district showed that the social impact study has already been completed and submitted to the Government. No major issues of displacement and rehabilitation are involved in it. The process for land acquisition has been started. Tripathy directed to complete the process within scheduled time.
It was revealed that four airstrips at Rourkela, Jharsuguda, Utkela and Jeypore were selected for the UDAN scheme. The Biju Patnaik International Air Port, Bhubaneswar would serve as mentor airport.