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City airport to have Rs 2,500-cr landside project; jobs for 85,000 youths

Bhubaneswar, Nov 8: Airports Authority of India (AAI) Chairman Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra on Tuesday informed that the AAI will spend Rs 2,500 crore in the next two-three years for its proposed land-side development project at the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) here thereby providing employment facilities to nearly 85,000 persons.

He said the AAI has also decided to make the harsuguda airport fully functional as a commercial one by May 2018.

“The AAI has identified nearly 60 acres of land for the proposed land-side development to facilitate the passengers and aviation related activities such as Hospitality and Convention, Airport Business District (Retail &Commercial) and Logistics and Warehousing to cater the growing dynamics of Bhubaneswar Airport wherein an investment of Rs 2500 Crore has been anticipated with direct and indirect employment generation of 35,000 and 50,000 respectively,” Mohapatra told reporters here.

The proposed development shall be taken up on PPP model for a concession lease period of 30 years. The expression of interest for the development plan had already been published and more than nine potential developers have envisaged interest in the project, he added.

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