Heritage city Puri to get ‘Greenfield Airport’ in two years’ time

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Puri’s Heritage City is about to get a ‘Greenfield Airport.’ According to Puri District Collector Samarth Verma, the ambitious project is expected to be operational within the next two years.

According to official sources, the state administration has already selected 1,200 acres of land for the international airport in Sipasarubali mouza. However, there is a stumbling block since a section of the proposed airport is located in a forest and a CRZ (Coastal Regulation Zone).

“All the surveys related to the obstacles have been completed. Land acquisition has been made. We will file a requisition to take the land in possession. The expert team from IDCO has visited the field and reviewed the progress of the work. Now, the techno-economic feasibility work is on. It will also be completed very soon. The work will begin in full swing through bidding,” Collector Samarth Verma informed.

Notably, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 1, 2022, regarding setting up a world-class Shree Jagannath airport in Puri.