Cabinet approves exchanging of land between AAI and Odisha govt

Bhubaneswar: The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, on Thursday approved the exchanging of Airports Authority of India’s (AAI) land measuring 1.6 acres with an equivalent land area of 1.6 acres offered by Odisha government.

The State government has offered 1.6 acres of land in lieu of 1.6 acres land of AAI and agreed to undertake and relocate all the existing infrastructure of AAI on the subject land on its own cost. Further, the land offered by the State Government is contiguous to existing airport and it will be used by AAI for construction of Parallel Taxi Track.

Odisha government wants to widen the road near Bhubaneswar Airport (Ekamara Marg/Palashpalli Road) for streamlining the security arrangements of the VIP movements and creating buffer zone for public use. For this purpose it required 1.6 acres land of AAI.