AAI team visits Berhampur

Berhampur: A four-member team of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Tuesday visited Berhampur to prepare a feasibility report following the Centre in June named the business town along with Keonjhar and Rourkela which were found among the 51 places across the country selected for low-cost airports to be developed by AAI.
Sources said, the team visited Ramchandrapur, on the outskirt of the town to identify a suitable land where the proposed airport will come up.
They also discussed about the development of Rangeilunda airstrip, about 5km from here with Gopalpur MLA Pradeep Panigrahi and other officials.
"We discussed with the officials in detail about development of the airport as decided by the Centre. We’ll submit the feasibility report to the AAI soon," said Anurag Mishra, a member of AAI team.
Expressing happiness with the visit Panigrahi said, "They are exploring the idea on how to develop this airport. They will place their suggestions before the Civil Aviation Ministry after visiting both the old airstrip and Ramchandrapur site."
Earlier, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had also urged the Ministry of Civil Aviation to take up feasibility studies for developing the existing state-owned airstrips at Gopalpur and Jeypore into full-fledged regional airports.