Bolangir, September 7 (LocalWire): Former member of Parliament from Bolangir Sri Kalikesh Narayan Singhdeo has urged the Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik to include Tusura in the UDAAN scheme and start the expansion process for the runway to better serve people of Western Odisha.
In a letter dated 5th September 2019, to Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik, Sri Singhdeo pointed out that that Tusura Airstrip was chosen by the Government Aviation Training Institute (GATI) as a second base for the flying school training as per their agreement with the Govt. of Odisha.
GATI has given their acceptance to operate a base for the flying school on the condition that upgradation was undertaken as per the requirement the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
An estimate of Rs lO,64,46,561 was submitted in July 2018 for various works to be undertaken, and rupees 6,53,63,952 was sanctioned in the first phase for expansion of runway and other works.
“However, around Rs 3,50,00,000 still remains pending for which the flying school is unable to operate.
Hence, I request you to kindly expedite the same so that people of western Odisha can have an opportunity to become trained pilots,” requested former MP Kalikesh Singhdeo in his letter.
The total length of the facility boundary wall is 1375m with government land on both ends to extend the same to over 1500m easily.
“This would allow larger planes to land at a mere fraction of the cost and make the sector viable, hence, I would request you to kindly include Tusura in the UDAAN scheme and start the expansion process for the runway to better serve people of Western Odisha,” says the letter of Kalikesh Singhdeo to Naveen Pattnaik.