Friday, May 11, 2018

After Jharsuguda, Rourkela airstrip is UDAN ready

Bhubaneswar: After the Jharsuguda airport, which is set to start flight operation from June 14, Rourkela airstrip is ready for providing air connectivity under ‘Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik’ (UDAN) scheme.

Principal Secretary General Administration and Civil Aviation Ashok Kumar Meena said on Thursday after a meeting that an application has been submitted for civil aviation licence for flight operation from Rourkela. Flight operation would start after getting the licence, he added.

A memorandum of understanding has been signed between Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) and Airport Authority of India (AAI) for operation and management of the airstrip, he added.

Reviewing the progress and preparedness of the airstrips identified for development under UDAN scheme at the State-level monitoring committee on regional air connectivity scheme, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi asked officials concerned to make Utkela and Jeypore strips ready for UDAN flight by June.

Meena said the State Government will provide security and fire personnel for Rourkela airstrip and runway expansion work in Jeypore and Utkela has been completed. The Obstacle and Limitation Surface (OLS) survey of all the 4 airports has been completed, Meena said and further informed that security and trained fire personnel have already been deployed at Jharsuguda airport. First phase of induction training is already over.
11/05/18 New Indian Express
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