Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) has invited a tender for the construction of Puri Sri Jagannath International Airport on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode with an estimated cost of Rs 2,203 crore.

A target has been set to complete the construction work within 1,095 days. As per reports, the online tender process will start from February 21 and technical bids will be opened on April 21, 2024.

“On behalf of Commerce & Transport Department, Govt. of Odisha, the Chief General Manager (P&C), IDCO, IDCO Towers, Janpath, Bhubaneswar invites International competitive bids in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode in double cover system through online mode only,” read the letter issued by IDCO.

“Earlier the Centre has approved the diversion of 27 acres of forest land for the development of the Shree Jagannath International Airport project. The environment in Puri will be certainly affected due to the construction of the airport. Hence, the airport should be constructed accordingly keeping it in mind,” said environmentalist Jagannath Bastia.

“As the area is near to the sea, permission should be taken from Odisha Coastal Zone Management Authority before the construction of the airport. Most importantly, an environmental impact assessment has to be made to know the impact of the new airport on the sea, atmosphere, animals, birds, and residents of the area. Based on the report, the Centre will provide an environment clearance certificate before the construction work. The State Pollution Control Board will also have to give consent to establish it,” he added.

Meanwhile, Puri residents have expressed their pleasure over the development.

“It’s great news for the residents of Puri as Shree Jagannath International Airport will be constructed in the city. There will be an increase in the number of tourists to Puri due to the airport. Puri will develop as an eco-tourism spot,” said a resident of Puri.