Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Odisha govt OKs land acquisition for Dhamra Port airstrip

Bhubaneswar: The state government has approved a proposal by Dhamra Port Company Limited (DPCL) to acquire 274.41 acres of land to build a commercial airstrip in Bhadrak district.
Premananda Khuntia, additional secretary of the commerce and transport department, recently conveyed the state government’s decision to Bhadrak collector Gyana Das.

The Adani Group-owned DPCL has been asked to obtain necessary clearances from the Airports Authority of India, the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change and other agencies before building the airstrip. Sources in DPCL said the company had already started the process of seeking approvals.

The airstrip, once built, will provide a big connectivity boost to northern Odisha, which currently does not have an airport serving it. “The DPCL airstrip will not only serve the company but ensure the development of tourism and enhance commercial activities in the region,” said a senior government official.

The state government had given its approval to the project in September 2018; on November 12, 2018, it had inked an MoU with DPCL for the construction of a commercial airport near Dhamra Port.
01/01/20 Times of India
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