Jharsuguda airstrip to be UDAN-ready by October


Bhubaneswar: The Jharsuguda airstrip will be made operational for regional connectivity services (RCS) under UDAN scheme by next month.

This was decided in a State Level Coordination and Monitoring Committee meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi on Tuesday. Special Secretary General Administration and Civil Aviation Ashok Kumar Meena outlined the issues for discussion.

Chief Secretary Padhi advised Director General of Police Dr Rajendra Prasad Sharma to depute officers for airport security and fire service training.

Target was set to develop Jharsuguda air strip to a full phased airport by April, 2018 following a MoU signed with the AAI earlier. The Chief Secretary also directed to expedite the work of the development of the airstrips at Jeypore and Utkela and make those UDAN flight ready within five months.

Discussions in the meeting showed that five airstrips of Odisha were selected for UDAN scheme. These were Bhubaneswar airport, airstrips at Rourkela, Jharsuguda, Utkela ( Kalahandi) and Jeypore ( Koraput). From among these, the Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar would serve as mentor airport. From among other four, the Jharsuguda airport would be developed under joint aegis of the AAI and the Government of Odisha.

According to sources the average price of a ticket to be paid by the passengers for these flights would be around Rs 2,500.

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