Jamshedpur, May 28 : If everything goes well, people of Jamshedpur along with the whole of Kolhan will get a license to fly directly to major cities of the country and they won’t have to travel to Ranchi to board a flight.
An airport will be constructed at Kandra in the Seraikela-Kharsawan district as the district administration has marked a 665 acre land for setting up of airport. The Seraikela district administration acted on the light of the order of Indian government’s ministry of civil aviation.
The ministry is quite serious about setting up of airport in Kandra.
This is the reason the Seraikela district administration has again done a survey and sent a report to the government about the 665 acre land available in Kandra.
The Seraikela district administration has indentified three mouja land in Raghunathpur, Manoharpur and Palobed. The administration is waiting for the orders of the government and once the order comes in the administration will start the land acquisition process.
The proposed airport in Seraikela will have 11 thousand ft. long and 17 hundred ft. wide runway. If the airport is constructed the people of the city will be benefitted a lot as more and more investors will come in and would help provide jobs.
The ministry of civil aviation is of the opinion that there is a need for an airport in and around the steel city which is home to some of the biggest companies. The land identified by the district administration in kandra belongs to forest department and it won’t be much of an issue to acquire the land by the district administration.
On the government level the forest department and district administration will hold talks were administration will be successful in getting the land. The indentified doesn’t has a Raiyat land which is also a big plus for the airport construction.
Earlier there were talks that the airport will be constructed in East-West region but now there are chances that it will be set up in North-South region.
ADC Kunj Bihari Pandey said that for the airport construction in the district the administration has identified three mouja land of 665 acre.
The report has been sent to the government and we are waiting for the orders of the government for further work.
‘The Indian government is quite serious for the construction of an airport in and around Jamshedpur and on the orders of the ministry of civil aviation land has been identified and the land belongs to the forest department’, added Pandey.
It may be noted that Tata Steel had planned to set up international airport at Kandra which faced anger of several nearby villages.
The site, that comprised 550 acres of forestland, was proposed to Tata Steel by Jamshedpur MP Bidyut Baran Mahato, following an assurance from the Union aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju in December 2015. Along with the Kandra site, Mahato also proposed the abandoned Chakulia airstrip in Ghatshila sub-division, that was built by the British during World War II, to Tata Steel.
Spread across 515 acres, the Chakulia airfield is proximate to NH-33.
A team of Airport Authority of India (AAI) on 19 April, 2017 visited the abandoned World War II runaway in Chakulia and Dhalbhumgarh in Ghatshila sub-division, about 70-kms from Jamshedpur. The AAI team was on a visit as part of a MoU between state government and AAI for developing sites to be connected under Regional Connectivity Scheme of the Union government.