A senior official of East Singhbhum district said the steel city of Jamshedpur is about to be connected by air under the Union government’s Udaan plan.
Air services between Jamshedpur-Kolkata and Jamshedpur-Bhubaneswar will likely be operational from October 30 with a nine-seat aircraft from the Sonari Aerodrome, district (law and order) judge Nandkishore Lal said. .
Deputy Development Commissioner Saurabh Sinha and Lal, along with airport officials, fire department officials, representatives of the Regional Commission informed Jamshedpur and deputy transport director Kamal Kishore held a meeting on the matter. and discuss fire safety and security measures.
“We have trained 49 security personnel deployed at the airport and 12 of them have been providing their services,” the officer added.
Previously, airlines such as MDLR, Vayudoot and Deccan Airways had launched flights to nearby cities such as Kolkata and Ranchi from Sonari airport using small planes, but eventually discontinued service.
The need to re-establish air connectivity has been a long-awaited demand from businesses in the region as well as the state government.
Meanwhile, BJP stated that the proposal to launch air services from Jamshedpur was the result of a meeting between Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and leader Kunal Sarangi, BJP spokesman, on the matter. this recently.
On the sidelines of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s inauguration of Deoghar airport on 12 July, Sarangi in a press statement said he had submitted a memorandum of understanding to Scindia calling on him to start air service by Udaan government planned charter aircraft from steel city. until a big airport appeared.
Ms. Sarangi said Jamshedpur is the industrial capital of Jharkhand and there is a need for air connectivity in the age of globalization.
Referring to a proposed new airport at Dhalbhumgarh, about 55 km away, in Ghatsila subdivision, Sarangi said a Memorandum of Understanding between Airports Authority of India and Jharkhand government has been signed to build an airport in 2019 but no progress has been made. distant.
The bedrock of Dhalbhumgarh Airport was laid in January 2019.
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