Jamshedpur : The proposed project of Tata Steel for an international airport near Jamshedpur has suddenly received a revival pill with Jamshedpur MP meeting Tata Steel senior official earlier this week with land proposal. MP has taken initiatives in this regard.
Addressing media at his Bistupur office, Jamshedpur MP BidyutBaranMahto said that recently he met Tata Steel vice-president corporate services Sunil Bhaskaranand asked the management to take steps for setting up of an international airport.
�During the meeting I suggested them about two proposals where they would not have to face any land acquisition hurdles for their project. The first proposal was the abandoned airstrip at Chakulia-Dhalbhumgarh (in Ghatshila sub-division) which is close to NH-33 and can be linked through arteries to city and the second was vast portion of forest land at Kandra (in Seraikela-Kharsawan district),� the MP said.
Tata Steel had announced an airport meeting international standards spread over 528 acres at a cost of Rs 400 crore in Gamharia block of Seraikela-Kharsawan district.The international airport project of Tata Steel at Gamharia block had hit land acquisition hurdle.The international airport project of Tata Steel with a runway of 10,000 feet at Gamharia block of SeraikelaKharsawan has got green signal from Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in 2012.
The BJP MP also showed to the media letter received from Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok GajapathiRaju in November this year promising all possible support from the Union ministry for setting up the international standard airport in the state provided state government takes initiative. He also assured for help of land transfer from state government at both Chakulia and Kandra to Tata Steel.
� I am really keen about the project. The union ministry has assured all help. I also met Prime Minister NarendraModi at Delhi on December 4 on the need for an airport and was assured of all support.
The Tata Steel vice-president has promised to carry out a survey of the land in Kandra (more than 550 acres on the left side of Railway overbridge) and Chakulia at the earliest and inform me about their plans. I will then take up the issue with state Chief Minister Raghubar Das who is also keen to have an airport here,� the MP said excitedly.