Update about the land acquisition for Jharsuguda airport
Following report is from the Sambad:
The State Government on Saturday asked the Jharsuguda district administration to undertake land acquisition process for the required 40 acres for construction of a runway for the Jharsuguda airstrip.
According to Chief Secretary BK Patnaik, the Government has decided to develop the State’s oldest airstrip at Jharsuguda, the upcoming industrial hub, into the State’s second largest full-fledged airport under the Airport Authority of India (AAI).
Though the AAI had asked the State Government to make available a total of 815 acres of land for the airport project, the latter had requested the AAI to scale down the land requirement since maximum 734 acres are available in the area.
Now, the State Government has assured the AAI to provide additional land of around 40 acres for upgradation of the airstrip. Patnaik said the 40 acres of land would help construct a 6,000-feet-long runway. The district Collector has been told to identify suitable land and clear the encroachment, if any, before handing over the land to the AAI.
Patnaik also said that at a high-level meeting held under his chairmanship on development of airports, it was decided to relocate the meteorological office and colony inside the Bhubaneswar Airport for expansion of this international airport. It was also decided to take up the issue with the Central meteorological department and the AAI.