Jamshedpur: CM Raghubar Das will perform ground breaking ceremony of for the proposed domestic airport at Dhalbhumgarh in Ghatshila sub-division on January 24 at 3 PM. On the occasion, the State Government will also sign a MoU with the Airport Authority of India. In view of the programme, Deputy Commissioner Amit Kumar and SSP Anoop Birtharay inspected the site and review the preparations for the function.
Kumar said that construction of airport will pave way for development at Dhalbhumgarh. Along with the Kolhan, people of West Bengal and Odisha will also benefit from this airport.
Airport Authority of India (AAI) officials and state civil aviation unit officials had visited the World War-II era abandoned airstrip in Dhalbhumgarh in 2017 and after a technical survey for the proposed airport, out of which 3.28 acres is raiyyati land, 1.28 acres is uninhabited government land and the remaining forest land.
The Government has zeroed on the World War-II era abandoned airstrip (nearly 2 km long). World War II era abandoned airfield in Chakulia, barely 70 km from Jamshedpur, was built by the British in the 1940s at an estimated cost of Rs 3 crore, and later used extensively during the 1962 war with China and the 1971 war with Pakistan for the liberation of Bangladesh is spread across an area of 515.44 acres.