BDA approves 54-acre master plan of Bhubaneswar Airport

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Bhubaneswar: In a significant move, the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) has approved the 54-acre master plan of the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) that includes its expansion and beautification projects.

The airport’s master plan has been included in the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) so that the BDA does not create any problem in the proposed developmental projects of the airport.

As per the condition set by the BDA, the airport authorities will have to obtain permission from both the BDA and the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) before carrying out any project.

As per the airport’s master plan, several developmental projects would take place in various areas located opposite the car parking area.

Sources said that luxury hotels, shopping malls and a 4000-seat convention centre, the biggest Government conference hall in Bhubaneswar, would be built in the 54-acre area.

Meanwhile, the BPIA authorities have made a blueprint for a fully-air-conditioned terminal 3 having advanced facilities. The terminal 3 would be constructed in an area of 58,000 square metre with an annual capacity of 6 million passengers.

Earlier, the BDA had written to the General Administration (GA) Department recommending a stay order on the developmental projects of the BPIA.

Last year, the airport authorities had called for tender for construction of hotels and shopping malls under their expansion project. The BDA had asked the airport authorities to add the State Government’s plan to the project.

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