Prime Minister Naresndra Modi on Saturday 22 September 2018, inaugurated a new airport at Jharsuguda, the second in the state. The proposed airport will likely to attract investors to the mineral rich state.

The Jharsuguda airport has been developed by the Airports Authority of India in collaboration with the Odisha government at an estimated cost of Rs 210 crore. The state contributed Rs 75 crore. The airport developed under the Centre’s UDAN scheme, spreads across over 1,027.5 acres with a 2,390-metre long runway. The terminal building of the airport covers an area of around 4,000 sq metre. The airport has been developed for all-weather operations, including night operations for A-320 type of aircraft.

The airport will cater to the need of long term need of the people of western region of the state. Also it would act as a junction for neighbouring Raipur and Ranchi and strengthen connectivity. The new airport has been named after freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi also inaugurated Garjanbahal open cast mine of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL), which boasts of coal block reserves of 230 million tonnes, with an annual production capacity of 13 million tonnes. The mining project will generate direct employment opportunity for 894 people and indirect job opportunities for 5,000. The Prime Minister also launched the 53.1-kilometre long Jharsuguda-Serdega railway line constructed by the MCL. Prime Minister Modi also dedicated to the nation the Dulanga Coal Mining Project of NTPC in the Sundargarh district of the state.

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