08 January 2019
Bhubaneswar: Rourkela, the industrial capital of State, is all set to have air connectivity with the rest of the nation as Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday provided license for operation of flights in the Rourkela airport.
At present, the State has Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) in Bhubaneswar and Veer Surendra Sai Airport at Jharsuguda.
Confirming the third airport in the State, Ministry of Civil Aviation tweeted last night, “The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued license for third airport of Odhisa on 7/1/19 for Rourkela; also known to be the industrial capital of the state of #Odhisa. It will pave opportunities to connect the steel city with rest of the nation. #SabUdenSabJuden.”
After inception of Rourkela Steel Plant, the Govt. of India built up an Air Strip at Rourkela in 60’s and till 1991 it was under Government control. In 1991 the management and control of this Air strip was transferred to Steel Authority of India (SAIL), Rourkela Steel Plant.
A memorandum of understanding was signed between SAIL and Airport Authority of India (AAI) for operation and management of the airstrip in April last year under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) –‘Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik’ (UDAN).
Reportedly, officials of the Civil Aviation Department had reviewed the preparedness of the airstrip at Rourkela and had declared the airport is ready.
Notably, five airstrips are to be operational in Odisha under Centre’s UDAN scheme. While Bhubaneswar, Jharsuguda have already become operational, Rourkela (SAIL) Jeypore and Utkela (Kalahandi) are on cards. These airports are being jointly developed by Airport Authority of India (AAI) and the State Government.