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Jharsuguda Airport to be fully functional by May, 2018

Bhubaneswar, Nov 8: The Jharsuguda Airport will be made operational as the second commercial airport of Odisha by May 2018, said Airports Authority of India (AAI) Chairman Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra.

“Initially, there were problems in the smooth conduct of work due to land acquisition. But now the problem has been sorted out and work is going on smoothly. We are expecting that by April and May, 2018, the Jharsugguda Airport will be fully functional and declared as an operational airport,” said Mohapatra during an interaction with media persons here.

He said the AAI has undertaken development of the Jharsuguda Airport at a total project cost of Rs 200 crore for improving regional connectivity within Odisha as part of the Regional Connectivity Scheme of the revised National Civil Aviation Policy 2016 of the Union Government.

Under this project, a new modular design passenger terminal with a handling capacity of 300 passengers, including 150 for arrival and 150 for departure, is under construction. Strengthening of runway, taxiway, new technical block, control tower, fire station, staff quarters and all CNS installations are also taken up, said Mohapatra.

“The runway will be capable to handle aircrafts up to Air Bus-A320. The Odisha Government has extended financial support of Rs 75 crore and land,” informed Mohapatra.

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