Thursday, September 06, 2018

Land push for Dalbhumgarh airport plans

Jamshedpur: Plans for a domestic airport of international standards at Dalbhumgarh, around 60km from the steel city, inched closer to fruition with BJP's Jamshedpur MP Bidyut Baran Mahto saying that the defence ministry had issued a no-objection certificate over the use of a piece of land.

Mahto, who met minister of state for civil aviation on Tuesday, said Jayant Sinha had told him that defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman had sent the NOC to the ministry.

"This was necessary as the defence coordination committee had in 2017 staked claim to nearly 290 acre land out of the over 450 acre earmarked for the Dalbhumgarh airport. The defence ministry said it had acquired the land in 1942-44. However, based on the 1964 land survey of the erstwhile Bihar government, it belonged to the government," Mahto said.
Officials of Airport Authority of India (AAI) and the state civil aviation unit had visited the 2km-long World War-II era abandoned airstrip at Dalbhumgarh last year. After a technical survey, it was found that 3.28 acre was private-owned while 1.28 acre belonged to the government. The remaining part of the airstrip was on forest land.
06/09/18 Telegraph
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