A three-member team of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) began survey to identify the place for the proposed international airport in the pilgrim town on Thursday.
According to source, the AAI officials along with the Collector, Puri visited Marine Drive Road and Girala Sipasaru Bali areas which have been proposed for the setting up of the Sri Jagannath International Airport.
"A three-member team of AAI visited the proposed sites for Sri Jagannath International Airport and reviewed different aspects like- land level, accessibility, land parcel, air strip length and terminal building," said Puri Collector Samarth Verma.
"We have provided them all information. Another meeting with the officials will be held later today and we will discuss the various others aspects regarding the airport. The Central team will again hold another meeting in Bhubaneswar tomorrow," Verma informed.
Notably on January 1, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting the latter to set up an airport in Puri for promotion of tourism in the State.
Patnaik had said the Rath Yatra of Puri is a famous annual event, attracting lakhs of pilgrims from across the world, and an airport in the town will help bring devotees to the Sri Jagannath Temple directly.
He also had mentioned that the Sun Temple at Konark, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is just 35-km away from Puri and the Ramachandi-Chandrabhaga beach provides a unique experience to the tourists.