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Odisha government to develop four existing airstrips in state

The Odisha government decided to develop four existing airstrips in the State and plans to make these operational from next year.

Sources said the govt decided to increase runway length of the airstrips in Baripada (Mayurbhanj), Rangeilunda (Ganjam), Padmapur (Bargarh) and Jeypore (Koraput) to facilitate landing of big aircrafts.

The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the state secretariat in Bhubaneswar today to review development of different airstrips in the state.

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The officials informed the expansion work of Rourkela, Jharsuguda, Lanjigarh and Angul airstrips are going on which will be completed within a couple of months. Runways of these airstrips are being expanded to 5000 ft.

This apart, extension of helicopter services to different places in the state figured during the discussions at the meeting.

Bhubaneswar airport

It was revealed at the meeting that currently 28 airstrips exist in the state. Out of these 12 are under government control and the remaining are under control of private parties.

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