Bhubaneswar: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has urged the Odisha Government to go in for a greenfield airport keeping in view of 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.
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.