Bhubaneswar: The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has granted working permission for the event of the airstrip at Rasgovindpur close to Amarda Road in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district.
“The President of India has granted working permission to government of Odisha on defence land admeasuring 160.35 acres at Amarda Road in the district of Mayurbhanj for development of airstrip at Rasgovindpur near Amarda Road in Mayurbhanj district, on the basis of cash compensation amounting to Rs 26,03,10,4381 in lieu of defence land,” the MoD stated in a letter to Odisha Chief Secretary S.C. Mahapatra.
Notably, the airstrip land belongs to the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) below the Ministry of Defence.
In February, Mahapatra had written to then Defence secretary Ajay Kumar searching for NoC from the DRDO for graduation of business flight operation from the airstrip.
Following the request of the Odisha authorities, the Ministry has granted the permission with sure situations. The state can use the defence land just for the work on which working permission is being granted and no different objective, it stated.
The state authorities had sought the permission from the Ministry of Defence because it has deliberate to operationalise the Amarda Road airstrip close to Rasagobindapur below the RCS-UDAN scheme.
The airstrip, as soon as operationalised, will facilitate tourism connectivity to essential locations like Simlipal National Park, Kuldiha Sanctuary and Chandipur & Talsari sea seaside, facilitate financial development by way of commerce, present jobs, improve revenues from taxes and foster the neighborhood relationship with neighbouring states and communities.