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Jharsuguda Airport Will Be Full-Fledged By April 2018: Odisha CS

05 September 2017

Soumya Ranjan Sahoo

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Secretary on Tuesday informed that the work is on progress and the much-awaited Jharsuguda Airport will be full-fledged and operational by April next year.

A review meeting of the UDAN scheme was held on the day at the State Secretariat here.

Briefing media after the important meeting, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said, “So far the infrastructure cost is concerned, estimates of Utkela (Kalahandi district) and Jeypore in Koraput district are under process. Each will be of around Rs 50 crore. It’ll be party reimbursed by Government of India.”

“Our major expenditure will be on appointing fire and security personnel. Per airport, we will have to appoint and bear the costs of 9 fire personnel and 44 security personnel. These 53 personnel ought to be deployed there even for a single flight landing and take-off. Besides, one airport manager and one security manager will also be appointed by the State Government. So, we’ve to engage total 53 people at each airport. This is the requirement norm fixed. This will be the major expenses from the State Government,” the Odisha Chief Secretary informed.

He further informed, “We expect that Government of India will bear the infrastructural costs of Utkela and Jeypore airports. On the other hand, we have already entered into an MoU with Airport Authority of India (AAI) for Jharsuguda Airport. We’re expecting that it will be a full-fledged one by April 2018.”

Notably, five airstrips are to be operational in Odisha under Centre’s UDAN scheme. They will be made operational under the regional connectivity scheme (RCS) christened as UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme. It is intended to provide air connectivity to unserved and remote routes with airfare being capped at Rs 2,500 for an hour’s journey of around 500 km.

The five Odisha destinations are Bhubaneswar, Jeypore, Jharsuguda, Rourkela (SAIL) and Utkela (Kalahandi).

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Aditya Prasad Padhi, Chief Secretary, Odisha