**Bhubanesar:** In the wake of the proposed inauguration of Jharsuguda airport by Prime Minister Narendra Modi this month, the State Governemnt today held a high level meeting to review the preparedness of the facility.
Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi who presided over the meeting said that the Jharsuguda airport is fully ready to be operationalised.
“The infrastructure, security and all rest of all other technicalities associated to airport operations were discussed minutely in the presence of senior State Government and Airport Authority of India officials. We have assessed the ground report which reflects that the Jharsuguda airport is ready to be operationalised.”
Reviewing the progress, Padhi directed the Collector and Superintendent of Police Jharsuguda over video conferencing to ensure infrastructural facilities within a week. He also directed other concerned departments to provide necessary cooperation and assistance for smooth operation of the Airport.
The State Government is yet to receive any official communiqué about PM Modi’s visit, said Padhi. “We have got an indication that the Prime Minister would arrive (at Jharsuguda) on September 22. However, the no formal communication has been received so far,” Padhi added.
Odisha has provided 118.75 acres of land free of cost for the air port. It has also provided Rs 75 crore towards State share of the total capital expenditure of Rs 210 crore. Apart from this, Odisha Government has provided 52 security and fire personnel for peripheral security and anti-hijacking squad. All these personnel have been trained for air port operation.
The electricity and water facilities in the air port has been provided free of cost by the State Government. Odisha has also exempted property and municipality taxes for the entire aerodrome including staff colony and other installations. The routes like Bhubaneswar to Jharsuguda and Jharsuguda to Ranchi have been taken up for regional connectivity from the air port. Further, it was proposed that shortly RCS-UDAN flights would start for which State Government agreed to provide its share of subsidy for travelling public.