Archive for August, 2012
Air Odisha flights to start first phase operation from Bhubaneswar to Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Angul, Raipur and Nuapada
By Express News Service – BHUBANESWAR, 26th August 2012 12:22 PM
Air Odisha Aviation Pvt Ltd has firmed up plans to start commercial flights between Bhubaneswar and important industrial hubs of the State and select tourist draws in eastern India.
The company has proposed to start the operation during the first week of October if everything goes as per the schedule, said Air Odisha sources.
‘’The company has already obtained the no objection certificate from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation for running non-scheduled air operations,’’ the sources said.
The company has sought waiver of ground charges for use of airstrips managed by the Government.
It has also suggested that aviation turbine fuel (ATF), used by aircraft, needs to be tax free to ensure that air travel is economically viable for tourists.
“It has been decided to start seven days operation from Bhubaneswar to some select regions of the State.
Connectivity to Kolkata will be available for three days and connectivity to Raipur and Nuapada for same number of days,” the company sources said.
Connectivity to Kolkata will be via Jharsuguda and Rourkela.
Capacity enhancement will be based on demand.
The company has also proposed to provide air link to Jeypore, Vizag and Barbil in its second phase of operation.
Making a review of the progress at a high- level meeting here on Friday, Chief Secretary BK Patnaik advised Air Odisha to start first phase operation from Bhubaneswar to Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Angul, Raipur and Nuapada.
Flying time estimate shows that total flying time from Bhubaneswar to Jharsuguda will be an hour with additional 15 minutes on ground.
Similarly, flying time from Bhubaneswar to Rourkela will be an hour and from Bhubaneswar to Angul 30 minutes with additional 15 minutes on ground for upward flights. For downward flights from these places to Bhubaneswar, the time on ground will be 30 minutes.
The company plans to start its operations with a nine-seater. Air Odisha is also looking beyond the State.
It is eyeing destinations like Vizag, Kolkata, Ranchi, Raipur, Jamshedpur, Tirupati and Shirdi after procuring a 19- seater aircraft.
Initially, it will offer connectivity between the City and places of industrial activities like Rourkela, Jharsuguda and Jeypore.
Mine-rich locations like Barbil and Angul also figure on the company’s radar and operations to these places will be introduced depending on viability, the sources said.
Flight operations to Shirdi and Tirupati are expected to begin by December, said a company official.
The non-scheduled air transport services are expected to boost industrial, tourism and business activities in the State.
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Air Odisha Aviation Pvt Ltd, a company floated by Odia entrepreneurs, has firmed up plans to start commercial flight operations connecting Bhubaneswar with important industrial hubs in the state and also with select destinations of tourist importance in eastern India.
The company looks to start its operations with a nine-seater, no-frills carrier from September this year. Initially, it will offer connectivity between the city and places of industrial activity like Rourkela, Jharsuguda and Jeypore. Mine rich locations like Barbil and Angul also figure on the company’s radar and operations to these places will be introduced depending on viability.
Air Odisha is also looking beyond the state. It is eyeing destinations like Vishakhapatnam, Kolkata, Ranchi, Raipur, Jamshedpur, Tirupati and Shirdi after procuring a 19-seater aircraft.
“The fare would range from Rs 4000-6000 per head for travel within the state and also to eastern India cities. For Shirdi and Tirupati, we would charge Rs 12,000. Flight operations to Shirdi are expected to begin by December this year,” said a company official.
“We have already obtained the no objection certificate from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation for running non-scheduled air operations,” he added. The company has sought waiver of ground charges for use of airstrips managed by the government. It has also suggested that aviation turbine fuel (ATF) to be used by aircrafts need to be tax free to ensure that it is economically viable for tourists to travel by air.
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SUDEEP KUMAR GURU
Balangir, Aug. 21: For Roshanara Parveen, this Id has been special. When news of her selection for the Indian team for the forthcoming Twenty20 Women’s World Cup in Sri Lanka came in, the 20-year-old girl said she was “surprised but extremely happy”.
“It is every cricketer’s dream to play for the country some day. I have been working very hard to earn a place in the national side. I am grateful to the selectors for reposing faith in my abilities and I will do my best to live up to their expectations,” said Roshanara, visibly excited as she spoke about her feat.
A right arm off-spinner, Roshanara is the second woman cricketer from the state after Madhuri Mehta — also from Balangir — to represent India.
The local girl will be seen in action in the T-20 World Cup that starts from September 26.
Her proud parents, Kaifatullah Khan and Hosnara Begum, said their daughter had always taken great interest in sports, ever since she was an active little schoolgirl. She even wanted to enrol in a sports hostel, but her father did not agree.
Her chance came when an enthusiastic group of cricket lovers in the town formed a women’s cricket team in 2007.
“Roshanara jumped at the prospect of playing with them and we told her that we would support her in every possible manner. Her hard work and dedication has finally paid off. She has made us very proud and the fact that we got the news of her selection on Eid proves that Allah is looking out for her,” said Khan.
Roshanara credited her success to her coach Arun Nayak and the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) authorities. Nayak said: “I have been observing her for the past five years, ever since the women’s cricket team was formed here. I have always been optimistic that she would play for the country one day. She deserves to be in the team.”
With just a month to go for the big-ticket tournament now, she has started preparations to prove her mettle. “I will work on bringing some variation into my bowling. I won’t stick to just orthodox spin. Sri Lankan grounds are known to be spinner-friendly and I will try to use this to my advantage,” said the vivacious girl, who idolises Kiwi spinner and cricket poster boy Daniel Vettori.
Kolkota-based Ambo Steel and Power has proposed to set up a 1.2-MTPA pellet and beneficiation plant at Barkot in Deogarh district with an investment of Rs 478 crore.
Ipicol CMD CJ Venugopal said the proposal of the company was cleared at the State-Level Single Window Clearance Authority (SLSWCA) held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik.
The SLSWCA cleared two industrial project proposals worth Rs 538 crore, including the Ambo Steel and Power Company’s pellet and beneficiation plant. The Ipicol CMD said Ambo Steels and Power proposed to set up the plant in two phases and requires 200 acres of land. The plant would provide direct employment to around 500 people.
The company has also agreed to a proposal from the State Government to set up maize processing plant in undivided Koraput district, Venugopal said. He also said that the proposal of the SMB Beverage to set up a soft drink bottling plant at Bhatly in Bargarh district at a cost of Rs 60 crore, also got the nod of the SLSWCA. The plant would have a capacity to produce Rs 100 lakh crates per annum and provide direct employment opportunity to 117 persons. The company has sought 15 acres of land for the setting up the soft drinks bottling plant.
Venugopal said that as per the in principle decision of the SLSWCA, henceforth, the District Level Single Window Clearance Committee headed by the District Collectors were authorized to give clearance to all viable tourism related projects worth less than Rs 5 crore. Tourism projects above Rs 5 crore would come under the purview of the SLSWCA for scrutiny, he said.
In another major decision, the SLSWCA in principle prohibited setting up of any industry within 300 metres from the National and State Highways.
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