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Sharmili Mallick

Jharsuguda: With a Boeing-737 flight of Indian Air Force (IAF) making the first trial landing on the runway of Jharsuguda airport on Tuesday ahead of the airport's scheduled inauguration on September 22, the long cherished dream of the residents here for an airport has inched closer.

As per reports, the flight took off from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), New Delhi and reached the Jharsuguda airport at 1 pm.

Carrying two pilots and a technical officer, the flight reached Jharsuguda. After reviewing the airport's infrastructure for about half-an-hour, they returned to New Delhi in the same flight, reports added.

Earlier on August 31, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Jual Oram made the formal announcement that the airport will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 22.

The airport has been built under the Centre’s UDAN scheme at a cost of Rs 200 crore which includes Odisha government’s contribution of Rs 75 crore.

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