Vikash Sharma

Maoist-infested Malkangiri district got a major boost as far as connectivity is concerned after the inauguration of the much-awaited airport here on Tuesday. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the airport at a special function today.

Patnaik also visited Terminal 2 after dedicating the Malkangiri airport.

As per official sources, around Rs 29 crore has been spent on the construction of the airport’s runway, which is 1,602 metre long and 30 metre wide. 

The airport has been built on 106 acres of land and it can handle small aircraft like the existing airport in Koraput.

Earlier, the trial run of a nine-seater VT-100 double-engine flight was conducted successfully at Malkangiri airport on January 7. 

Apart from the inauguration of Malkangiri airport, the Chief Minister was also handed over the DPR of the Satpadhara Irrigation Project.

The work of the project work is expected to start from April and around 37,000 hectares of land will be benefited from the project.

Minister Tukuni Sahu said, “Malkangiri district lacked transport systems and an airport has now been inaugurated following the launch of bus services. Apart from the airport, the irrigation project will also benefit the people of this region. The flight services will start from Malkangiri airport soon.”