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Campaign for operationalization of the proposed Jharsuguda airport

Here are some reports on the campaign for operationalization of the proposed Jharsuguda airport:
 
http://www.dailypioneer.com/276050/Govt-must-chip-in-to-upgrade-Jharsuguda-airport.html

http://www.orissadiary.com/Showyournews.asp?id=166

http://www.merinews.com/article/urgent-need-to-upgrade-jharsuguda-airport-govt-must-chip-in/15828460.shtml

http://www.mynews.in/News/Memorandum_for_operationalization_of_the_proposed_Jharsuguda_airport_N80233.html

http://www.scribd.com/doc/35729881/Memorandum-for-operationalization-of-the-proposed-Jharsuguda-airport

https://kddf.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/memorandum-for-operationalization-of-the-proposed-jharsuguda-airport/

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August 17, 2010 at 8:20 pm Leave a comment

Government must chip in to upgrade Jharsuguda airport

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

Sanjib Kumar Karmee

Jharsuguda town is emerging as one of the economic hubs of India. It has many industrial units like Ultratech Cement of the Aditya Birla Group at Dhutra, SMC Power Generation Ltd, Action Ispat Ltd, Eastern Steel and Power Ltd, SPS Steel and Power Ltd, Utkal Alumina International Ltd, etc. Recently, it is reported that Jharsuguda will be the highest electric power producing town of India since industrial giants like Vedanta Aluminum Limited (VAL), Reliance Energy and Sterlite Energy Limited are developing power plants at Jharsuguda.

As Jharsuguda is emerging as the fastest growing town in Orissa, it is also witnessing huge migration of workforce from all parts of India. To cater to this need, an airport is essential. The Jharsuguda airstrip was built during World War II. There is a proposal to make this fully operational. However, the State Government is yet to realise the importance of this airport as evident from the following highlights as reported by various media sources.

It was reported that the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has decided to upgrade the airstrip at Jharsuguda into a full-fledged airport. So, the Government has decided to opt for a public-private partnership (PPP) for the work. In this regard, SREI, a Kolkata-based finance company had expressed interest and was negotiating with the Government. But so far nothing has happened.

Recently, the Chief Minister informed the Odisha Legislative Assembly that the AAI is considering the proposal of the State Government for developing the Jharsuguda airport and it has asked for the required 815 acres of land free of cost. Responding to this, the State Government has requested the AAI to scale down their requirement of land as only 734 acres of land is available near the airport.

After analysing these reports about Jharsuguda airport, one can come to the conclusion that nothing much has happened in the past ten years. Are these announcements about making Jharsuguda airport operational only sweet talk? Are we going to see any passenger plane arriving or taking off in the near future? Is this the outcome of the persistent efforts of our leaders?

In order to make Jharsuguda airport operational, the Odisha Government should provide the required 815 acres of land to the AAI. Providing 734 acres of land might hinder the future expansion of the airport. Moreover, if the Government is capable of acquiring land for building industries and dams; why can’t it acquire land for the development of an airport? The Government should complete the land acquisition for Jharsuguda airport at the earliest.

Very soon our neighbouring State Andhra Pradesh will have two international airports. The Odisha Government should propose the AAI to make Jharsuguda an international airport. There is also possibility of connecting Jharsuguda with direct flights to China and Korea as Vedanta Group is employing many Chinese and Korean nationals at its Jharsuguda plant. This will further encourage Buddhist tourism at Ganiapali in Bargarh and Baud town in western Odisha.

Presently, Jharsuguda airport can accommodate F27 type planes. Therefore, facilitation of small commercial flight should be encouraged. The Odisha Government should implement the master plan to be submitted by the administrative staff college of Hyderabad for Jharsuguda town to make it a 21st century city. In addition, the Government should push for establishing some State and national level institutes in this town.

In this regard, immediate operationalisation of Jharsuguda airport is essential to cater to the need of whole western Odisha. This will accelerate the socio-economic condition of this region. The Government should take necessary steps to make this airport ready.

August 14, 2010 at 5:10 am Leave a comment

Urgent need to upgrade Jharsuguda airport, Govt must chip in:merinews

Following report is from merinews.com:

JHARSUGUDA TOWN is emerging as one of the economic hubs of India. It has many industrial units which need no introduction viz Ultratech Cement of the Aditya Birla Group at Dhutra (India’s largest cement manufacturing company), SMC Power Generation Ltd, Action Ispat Ltd, Eastern Steel and Power Ltd, and SPS Steel and Power Ltd, and Utkal Alumina International Ltd.

Recently, it is reported that Jharsuguda will be the highest electric power producing town of India since industrial giants like Vedanta Aluminum Limited (VAL), Reliance Energy and Sterlite Energy Limited are developing power plants at Jharsuguda.

As Jharsuguda is emerging as the fastest growing town in Orissa, it is also witnessing huge migration of work-force from all parts of India. To cater to this need an airport is essential. The Jharsuguda airstrip was build during World War II. There is a proposal to make this fully operational. However, the state government is yet to realise the importance of this airport as evident from the following highlights as reported by various media sources.

It was reported that the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has decided to upgrade the airstrip at Jharsuguda into a full-fledged airport. So, the government has decided to opt for a public-private partnership for the work. In this regard, SREI, a Kolkata based finance company, had expressed interest and was negotiating with the government; but so far nothing has happened.

Recently, the Chief Minister has informed to the Orissa legislative assembly that the AAI is considering the proposal of the state government for developing the Jharasuguda airport and it has asked for the required 815 acres of land free of cost. Responding to this the state government has requested the AAI to scale down their requirement of land as only 734 acres of land is available near the airport.

It is also reported that a private is an obstacle for developing the Jharsuguda airport.

After analysing these reports about Jharsuguda airport; we can come to the conclusion that nothing much has happened in the past ten years. Are these announcements about making Jharsuguda airport operational only sweet talk? Are we are going to see any passenger plane arriving or taking off in the near future? Is this the outcome of the persistent efforts of our leaders?

We urge you to take the following steps to make Jharsuguda airport operational:
 

  • Orissa government should provide the required 815 acres of land to the AAI. Providing 734 acres of land might hinder the future expansion of the airport. Moreover, if the government is capable of acquiring land for building industries and dams; why can’t it acquire land for the development of an airport?
     
  • Government should complete the land acquisition for Jharsuguda airport at the earliest.
     
  • Very soon our neighbouring state Andhra Pradesh will have two international airports. The Orissa government should propose the AAI to make Jharsuguda an international airport. There is also possibility of connecting Jharsuguda with direct flight to China and Korea as Vedanta group is employing many Chinese and Korean nationals at its Jharsuguda plant. This will further encourage Buddhist tourism in the region viz at Ganiapali of Bargarh and Baud town of Western Orissa.
     
  • Presently, Jharsuguda airport can accommodate F27 type planes. Therefore, facilitation of small commercial flight should be encouraged.
     
  • Orissa government should implement the master plan to be submitted by the administrative staff college of Hyderabad for Jharsuguda town to make it a 21st century city. In addition, the Orissa government should push for establishing some state and national level institutes in this town.
In this regard, immediate operationalisation of Jharsuguda airport is essential to cater the need of whole Western Orissa. This will accelerate the socio-economic condition of this region. Therefore, we urge you to take necessary steps to make this airport ready. 

August 12, 2010 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

Jharsuguda will be the highest electrical power producing town of India

Following report is from The Samaj:

August 7, 2010 at 10:34 am 1 comment

Supporting the demand for establishment of an Indian Institute of Management at Sambalpur city

To,

Honorable HRD Minister Shri Kapil Sibal

CC: 

Mr. Naveen Patnaik, honorable Chief Minister, Odisha
Honorable MPs, Odisha
Journalists and Intelligentsia  

Sub: Supporting the demand of establishment of an Indian Institute of Management at Sambalpur city
 
Dear honorable Shri Sibalji,

MHRD and other central Govt. ministries have been establishing various centrally funded institutions in Odisha to make it a developed state. However, most of the centrally funded institution viz. National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), and railway medical college are located in Bhubaneswar. So far, the state govt. has not established any centrally funded Institutes in the western part of Odisha.

From decades the people of western Odisha have been demanding the establishment of centrally funded institutes. But nothing is happening as Orissa govt. is continuing to be capital-centric by proposing new central governments institutes in the capital region. However, in principle, it should happen like it is happening in various developed states of India (viz. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharastra, etc). I wish Odisha should follow the example of developed states of our country.
 
As reported by media Shri Amarnath Pradhan, honourable MP has raised the issue of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Lok Sabha and demanded its establishment in Sambalpur city [1].  This demand is genuine. I wholeheartedly support the demand of Shri Amarnath Pradhan, honourable MP.
 
Sir,

Kindly, consider the proposal for establishing an IIM at Sambalpur city; which is well connected to all districts of Orissa and all  cities of India.
 
The Sambalpur city of western Odisha is sandwiched between Burla and Jharsuguda. Burla-Sambalpur-Jharsuguda region is emerging as a knowledge hub and establishing such an institute will help in cross-fertilization of ideas among the scientists, economists and scholars of humanities and social sciences.
 
Beside that Burla-Sambalpur-Jharsuguda area has many advantages viz.
 
· Burla-Sambalpur-Jharsuguda area is well connected to most of the regions in the state and emerging as a central location for on going industrial activities in Odisha such as Sambalpur – Angul – Cuttack – Bhubaneswar belt, Sambalpur-Jharsuguda-Rourkela belt, Jharsuguda – Sambalpur – Lanjigarh – Rayagada – Koraput belt, and Sambalpur – Jharsuguda – Korba – Bilaspur-Raipur belt. Apart from the existing Industries, several major industries are coming up in this region including Vedanta Aluminum in Jharsuguda. These Industries will provide an extremely good environment to the students and staffs of Indian Institute of Management for carrying out various management related consulting projects and student internships. 
 
· Sambalpur and Rourkela city area are two major metropolitan areas of the state. Burla-Sambalpur-Jharsuguda is more accessible for students from all the districts of western Orissa.

· The AAI is taking initiatives to establish an airport in Jharsuguda (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jharsuguda_Airport). Moreover, this area is well connected to Bhubaneswar, Rourkela, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Vishakhapatnam, Raipur, Nagpur, Ranchi, and Mumbai by rail.
 
· The Burla-Sambalpur-Jharsuguda area has all the necessary amenities like road connectivity, hotels, malls, restaurants, bookshops and parks which will definitely attract world class faculties for this Institute.
 
 
Therefore, the central govt should establish the Indian Institute of Management at Sambalpur city of western Odisha.
 
Thank you and best regards,
 
Sanjib
 
References:
1. http://www.tathya.in/news/story.asp?sno=4395, http://wp.me/pFC4h-G6


Dr. Sanjib Kumar Karmee, PhD
Department of Biotechnology
Delft University of Technology
Julianalaan 136, 2628 BL Delft,
The Netherlands

August 5, 2010 at 5:08 pm Leave a comment

Pollution levels alarming in industrial areas of Sundargarh,Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Hirakhud and Kalahandi

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

The State Government which is giving lot of stress on industrialisation has perhaps forgotten the importance of the environment and its protection. As a result, pollution in the State has reached alarming levels.

Reports are pouring out on rampant illegal mining in forest land at many places in the State. The mining carried out by the companies and rapid loss of forest cover has further aggravated the situation. The situation in 16 mining and 12 industrial areas is disturbing. This has been stated in the report of Society of Geo Scientists and Allied Technologists submitted to the State Government.

The areas which are worst-affected are Keonjhar and Sundargarh’s iron ore and manganese mining areas, Talcher and Angul’s coal mining areas, the mining areas in Sambalpur, Jharsuguda and IB Valley, and the limestone mining area near Hirakhud. Besides, the chromite mining areas in Sukinda, Daitari iron mining area and Koraput, Rayagada and Kalahandi’s graphite, bauxite, manganese and iron ore mining areas have turned into a blast furnace, the report said.

Besides, the industrial areas of Rourkela- Rajgangpur, Jharsuguda, Chowduar-Athagarh, Balasore-Bhadrak, Dhamra, Chandikhole-Duburi, Paradip, Khurda-Tapang and Joda-Barbil have been seriously affected. Thus, keeping the local situation in mind an environmental plan is immediately needed to save the State from any disastrous effects, said the report. Besides the air and water pollution, the ground water has also been polluted.

Even as the farmers are protesting to give water for industrialisation, water shortage for irrigation purposes has cropped up. But the Government has remained a mute spectator and the measures taken up by Odisha State Pollution Control Board have been inadequate. The report urged the Government before setting up any industry or giving mining lease should consider the effects on the environment.

December 14, 2009 at 7:50 pm 2 comments

NALCO to set up 5-lakh tonne aluminium smelter in Jharsuguda

Following is a report from the economictimes.indiatimes.com:

State-run aluminium producer Nalco will spend about Rs 22,000 crore in setting up two mega projects , one each in Andhra Pradesh and   Orissa, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

The navratna firm will set up a 5-lakh tonne aluminium smelter in Jharsuguda, Orissa along with a 1,260 MW captive power plant at an estimated investment of Rs 16,345 crore.

Also, it will be installing an alumina plant with an annual capacity of 1.4 million tonnes in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, at a consideration of about Rs 5,700 crore, Mines Minister B K Handique said in a written reply to the lower house.

The company has recently been given bauxite mines in the southern state with a capacity of 42 lakh tonnes per year.

“National Aluminium Company Ltd (Nalco) has informed that they propose to establish mines and refinery project in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh and an aluminium smelter plant and coal-based captive power plant at Brajarajnagar in Jharsuguda, Orissa as a part of its expansion plan in India” Handique added.

The company has earmarked Rs 2 crore each for pre-project activities in both the states as on November 25, he said. The time-frame for completing these two projects could not be immediately ascertained. At present, Nalco has a 4.35 MTPA aluminium plant in Angul, Orissa.

December 2, 2009 at 4:26 pm Leave a comment


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