The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has urged the Odisha Government to go in for a greenfield airport keeping the growing requirement of the State.
AAI Chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra has written a letter to the State Government in this regard while indicating the AAI’s requirement of 1,500 to 2,000 acres of land for such an airport in Bhubaneswar.
Dr Mohapatra during his recent visit to the State had held discussions with Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi and other senior officials regarding the additional land requirement for the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA).
He had said that for a suitable expansion of the runway for Code-E Aircraft to operate international flights from the BPIA, the AAI requires a minimum of 64 acres of land and also without any obstruction in the approach path. Once such a patch of land is available, the AAI would be able to undertake extension of the runway with provision of ILS & CAT-I Approach Light.
However, there is a problem to acquire 64 acres of land in the existing airport area while removing various existing structures, which transpired during the discussions, pointed out Mohapatra. So, he has urged the State Government to identify a suitable area for making a new airport. And the land be needed for an international airport is 1,500 to 2,000 acres and preferably not far off from the main city of Bhubaneswar.
Mohapatra said it would be ideal if the land acquisition process is made in such a way that a new airport is constructed and commissioned from 12 to 15 years from now, which would match with the present growth of the Bhubaneswar airport. He promised to provide necessary assistance in this respect and urged the State Government to inform the AAI accordingly.
Regarding the Jharsuguda Airport, he said work is going on smoothly and it would be ready for Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) operation by the end of September.
The AAI Chairman has also requested the State Government to consider waiving off fees of land at Brahmapur for installation of radar. In almost all such installations, the State Governments provide land free of cost, it is pointed out.
After the AAI chief’s request, the Department of General Administration, which is looking after Civil Aviation Affairs, has taken up the matter with the Department of Revenue & Disaster Management, said sources.
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