Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated an Airport Authority of India’s (AAI) airport in Jharsuguda. With this, Odisha got its second airport on Saturday. This airport is developed under UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) and will put Odisha on the aviation map.
Prime Minister Modi addressed a public rally after the inauguration ceremony and said that the AAI is working towards developing three more airports in the state. He also said that the airport is situated at the location from where it will cater to the needs of huge population of Odisha.
This airport has a terminal area of 4,000 sq metre, and is developed in an area of 909.22 acres. The cost of project is estimated to be Rs 210 crore. The airport has the facilities of LED lighting, solar power system, rainwater harvesting, re-use of treated water, and use of environment-friendly building materials.
Apart from affordable air connectivity to tier-II and Tier-III cities including Ranchi, Raipur and Bhubaneshwar, the plan to open job opportunities also in the airport area to help in the development of remote areas to promote tourism, trade and commerce in its surroundings and the state.