Wednesday, November 29, 2017

UDAAN deferred for Rourkela until January as delay in modification of airport

Rourkela: With the delay in infrastructure development and modification of Rourkela airport, the commercial flight services to the city under Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) ‘UDAAN’ is likely to be deferred till January next year.  Once the project is completed, the city will initially be connected to Bhubaneswar and Kolkata by the aerial route.  Rourkela BJP MLA and former Union Minister Dilip Ray on Monday inspected the development works at the airport of Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) of SAIL.
Quoting the Union Civil Aviation Minister and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) Chairman, Ray said he hoped that Rourkela will get a full-fledged airport by January next year, after the execution of MoU with the RSP.
Earlier, the RCS scheme was expected to be implemented from August this year. But, the project got delayed gradually.Director of Jharsuguda airport Manoj Kumar, who has the additional charge of Rourkela airport, said the upgradation work would be completed by December 15. “The Rourkela airport will be upgraded further in the later phases,” he said, while refusing to indicate any tentative schedule for launching of the commercial flights. Sources said a 5-kilometre long wall was being built in accordance with the guidelines of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, besides the construction of a portable cabin passenger building and other required facilities, including development of communication and security systems.
29/11/17 New Indian Express