Ensure infrastructural facilities at Jharsuguda airport: Chief Secy

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Bhubaneswar: Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi has directed the Jharsuguda Collector and Superintendent of Police over video conferencing, to ensure infrastructural facilities in Jharsuguda airport, within a week.

The direction came after a review meeting at the state Secretariat here on Wednesday.

Padhi also directed other concerned departments to provide necessary cooperation and assistance for smooth operation of the newly-built airport.

According to reports, the Jharsuguda airport being developed by AAI as per an MoU signed in 2014 is all set to suit the operations which is another significant step towards growth of business and tourism in Odisha.

According to reports, infrastructural construction for phase-I operation of the airport is at the finishing point. Odisha government has provided 118.75 acres of land free of cost for the purpose apart from sharing Rs 75 crore in the total expenditure of Rs 210 crore.

The review also revealed that the State government has provided 52 security and fire personnel for peripheral security and anti-hijacking squad. All these personnel have been trained for airport operation.

The State government has also exempted property and municipality tax for the entire aerodrome including staff colony and other installations. Besides, the electricity and water facilities in the airport has been provided free of cost.

It was learnt that the routes like Bhubaneswar to Jharsuguda and Jharsuguda to Ranchi have been taken up for regional connectivity from this airport.

Moreover, the state government has also agreed to provide its share of subsidy for travelling of public in the RCS-UDAN flights which would start shortly.

Additional Chief Secretary Home Asit Kumar Tripathy, Principal Secretary General Administration and Finance Ashok Kumar Meena, CMD IDCO Sanjay Kumar Singh, Additional Director General CID and CB Odisha SK Upadhya, Director Civil Aviation HImanshu Bhusan Panda along with senior officers from Ministry of Civil Aviation, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security and concerned departments were also present in the discussion.

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