New Airport In Odisha's Jharsuguda Inaugurated By PM Modi

New Airport In Odisha

New Airport In Odisha's Jharsuguda Inaugurated By PM Modi

New Delhi: On Saturday, PM Modi inaugurated a new airport at Odisha's Jharsuguda, which he said will attract investors to the mineral-rich area and would act as a lifeline in the western region of the state.

The  airport would go a long way in transforming the state into a modern and developed one, said the PM.

For so many years, the state of Odisha just had one major airport, the PM said Kutch district in Gujarat alone has five airports. "Now, the second airport of the state would act as a lifeline in western region of Odisha and attract investors to the mineral-rich region," he said.

Talking about the BJP-led government's concrete steps for strengthening the aviation sector,  PM Modi said that India only 450 aircraft since Independence, while steps have been taken for 950 new aircraft during the last one year.

The PM highlighted the importance of Jharsuguda Airport, and said it would act as a junction for neighbouring Raipur and Ranchi and strengthen connectivity.

Prime Minister talked about developement and said that eastern Indian states, including Odisha, West Bengal and Assam, is essential for achieving balanced development of the country.

Prime Minister Modi said the new airport is named after freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai, as demanded by the Odisha government.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, while addressing the ceremony, thanked the prime minister for naming the new airport after Mr Sai, and said steps should be taken for quick introduction of regular commercial flights from Jharsuguda.

He said the state government has provided land and free power for setting up the airport.

PM Modi also inaugurated the Garjanbahal open cast mine of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL), which has coal block reserves of 230 million tonne with an annual production capacity of 13 million tonne. It will generate direct employment opportunity for 894 people and indirect job opportunities for 5,000.

The prime minister also launched the 53.1-km long Jharsuguda-Serdega railway line constructed by the MCL, and said it would strengthen connectivity in the tribal-dominated region.

The Dulanga Coal Mining Project of NTPC in Sundargarh district was also dedicated to the nation by the PM. This is the second mine of the state-run company to be operational and its first in Odisha.

The officials said that, Coal produced from this mine shall be used in the under-construction 1600-MW Darlipali Super Thermal Power Plant of NTPC in Sundargarh district.

The Airports Authority of India in collaboration with Odisha government have developed the airport at an estimated cost of Rs. 210 crore, with Rs. 75 crore contribution from the state. The airport has been developed under the Centre's UDAN scheme.

The airport is spread across over 1,027.5 acres of land with a 2,390-metre long runway, the area of terminal building of the airport is 4,000 sqm. It has also been developed for all-weather operations, including night operations for A-320 type of aircraft.

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