“If every part goes as deliberate, the flight operations to and from Puri might begin in 2022 or 2023. The land will likely be finalised quickly as the method of identification has already begun. The federal government will depart no stone unturned to fast-track the mission,” state commerce and transport minister Padmanabh Behera instructed media individuals.
On June 17, officers from the Airports Authority of India (AAI) performed a pre-feasibility research in Puri. They inspected a 1,000-acre land, about 5km from the Jagannath Temple, for the development of the proposed airport.
The proposed land, owned and purchased by the state authorities, close to the Girala and Mangala rivers beneath the Sipasarubali mouza, doesn’t have any encroachment neither is it entangled in authorized disputes. The Puri district administration mentioned the proposed website won’t violate the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms because the land is situated greater than 500 metres from the seaside.
“We’re ready for the AAI’s report of their latest feasibility survey. They’re analyzing our knowledge on the dimensions of the land (proposed website), its topography, entry to the land, wind course, rainfall, airstrip orientation, financial viability, environmental and CRZ constraints, if any,” a senior official of the commerce and transport division mentioned.
On January 1, chief minister Naveen Patnaik had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him to ask the ministry of civil aviation to arrange a world airport in Puri.
In his proposal to Modi, the chief minister had mentioned Puri has the potential to turn out to be the hub of religious and worldwide tourism and financial actions.
“Puri is without doubt one of the 4 holy dhams within the nation. Its well-known Rath Yatra attracts lakhs of pilgrims and guests from throughout the globe yearly. Rath Yatra is well known in 192 nations. The proposed worldwide airport will assist carry devotees from internationally to Puri and promote the Jagannath tradition globally,” Naveen’s letter to the PM had mentioned.