Thursday, July 06, 2023

Odisha govt steps in to upgrade Rourkela airport as AAI drags feet

Rourkela: With the Airports Authority of India (AAI) seemingly dragging its feet to equip the SAIL-owned Rourkela airport with all-weather operations and develop the airport further, the Odisha government has stepped in to bear the onus.

The principal secretary to the Commerce & Transport Department Usha Padhee in a letter, possessed by TNIE, to the AAI  chairman Sanjiv Kumar on Tuesday urged for two Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) for the upgradation of the Rourkela and the Jeypore airports.

Padhee, who was joint secretary in the Civil Aviation Ministry prior to taking over her present position, wrote the Rourkela and Jeypore airports in Odisha are in operation under the RCS scheme with VFR (Day) Operation Aerodrome Licence 2B and 2C respectively.

There have been several cancellations and diversions in recent times due to low visibility/bad weather conditions resulting in public complaints and demand for all weather operations at these airports.

06/07/2023 New Indian Express

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