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Jamshedpur, Bokaro to have airports soon

Last updated on: February 20, 2012 18:32 IST

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Steel cities of Jharkhand, Jamshedpur and Bokaro will soon figure on the country's air map as the Airports Authority of India will set up airports there.

A memorandum of understanding was signed by the AAI and the Jharkhand government for establishing airports in both the cities in the presence of AAI Chairman and Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda.

"The operation would start with ATR-72 aircraft initially and later on once the traffic is increased, operation of bigger aircraft would also start from these airports," AAI chairman V P Agarwal said.

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The state government would provide land to AAI for developing the airports so that charter and regular flights could start at the earliest.

Speaking on the occasion, Munda said the work for survey of land for the airport has already started.

"This airport will promote air connectivity and help in promoting economy of the state," he said.

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Though the city is presently served by a small airport at Sonari, it has been a long standing demand to have a full-fledged airport in Jamshedpur.

Sonari airport, which is spread over a 25 acre area, is primarily used for bringing in chartered planes of TATA group.   

Jamshedpur is a major industrial centre of East India.

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It houses companies like Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Power, Lafarge Cement, Telcon, BOC Gases, Tata Technologies Limited, Praxair, TCE, TCS, Tinplate and many more.

It is home to one of the largest industrial zones of India known as Adityapur which houses more than 1,200 small and medium scale industries.

A few airlines that started operations from Jamshedpur in 2007 were forced to withdraw due to inviable operations following conversion of the airport from Category 3C to 2C,

which means that runway length will be shorter and that no more than 45 passengers can be accommodated on a flight.

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The nearest commercial airports are Kolkata and Ranchi.

Tata Steel had proposed to set up a 600-acre Greenfield airport on the outskirts of Jamshedpur in Adityapur-Seraikella region.

In June 2011, Tata Steel and TRIL entered formally into a joint venture for building the airport.

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The project is awaiting clearance from Ministry of Civil Aviation.

The new airport would have the capacity to allow commercial airliners such as Airbus A320 to land and take off which was not possible from the present airport.

Similarly, Bokaro Steel City has an airport but is used only by private carriers of Sail and dignitaries.





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