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Bringing up KBK by building its infrastructure: plans for what to realistically push with the central government for the next 7 years

Balangir, HRD-n-EDUCATION (details at, Jeypore, Kalahandi, KBK Plus district cluster, Khurda Rd - Balangir (under constr.), Koraput, Lanjigarh Rd - Junagarh, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Nuapada, Rayagada, Sonepur, Vijaywada-Ranchi highway Comments Off on Bringing up KBK by building its infrastructure: plans for what to realistically push with the central government for the next 7 years

Various KBK statistics are known to everyone here as well as to the planning commission. We will not rehash them here. We will just like to point out that various programs in KBK (such as RLTAP) will not work to their potential unless qualified people are willing to be there to implement those programs and unless there are enough local people who are qualified. For example, one can open schools and hospitals and initiate irrigation projects. But if teachers, doctors and engineers do not go there in sufficient numbers to staff the schools, hospitals and irrigation projects they will not achieve their impact. So while we make programs for schools, hospitals and irrigation projects we need to pay attention to the infrastructure aspects that will (a) create enough local teachers, doctors and engineers and (b) will not deter teachers, doctors and engineers to come to this place.

With that in mind we propose that the following be pushed with the central government for implementation in the next 7 years  — the remaining part of the 11th plan and the 12th plan starting in 2012. I think the list below is doable. (Much more needs to be aimed for and done through the state government, industries and people in this region; but here we only focus on what one can realistically push with the central government and achieve.)

1. Railway Infrastructure: The Railway infrastructure of the KBK districts need to be drastically improved. In particular there are several approved lines that need to be speeded up. In addition there are some hanging lines that need to be extended and completed. The following shows the current Railway lines in Odisha.

The following picture shows the lines that bring better rail connectivity to the KBK districts. The ones in brown have been approved and we request that they be completed within the next 2-3 years and. We request that the ones in blue are approved and completed within 5 years.

2. Airport at Jeypore:  Currently Odisha has one airport with commercial flights. That is in Bhubaneswar. AAI is in the process of making another airport at Jharsuguda. We propose that another airport be built near Jeypore-Koraput with commercial flights in mind (small planes to start with) to serve the KBK area. An airstrip is already there.  The following map shows the location and its distance from the other airports in India.

3. Roads: On roads, we request that the construction of the Vijaywada-Ranchi highway be expedited.  More.

4. HRD/Education: The 11th plan has good proposals regarding schools, ITIs and model colleges. But as we said in the beginning of this document, KBK needs to produce its own teachers, doctors and engineers.

As a first step the Odisha government decided to locate the Central University of Odisha in Koraput. However, considering the vast area of KBK, we request the following.

4.1   The 11th plan has provision for having medical colleges and engineering colleges in 5 of the 16 new central universities. (See the page from Volume 3 of 11th plan below.) We request that the one of those medical college and engineering college be established as part of the Central University of Orissa, Koraput.

4.2   A centrally funded engineering college of the kind in Longowal Punjab (SLIET), Kokrajhar Assam and the one being made in Malda (GKCIET): These three centrally funded engineering colleges have rural focus and we request that one such rural focused 3-tier (catering to workers, technicians and engineers) is needed for KBK. We request that it be made in Balangir. In the next page we have cut-outs related to the above mentioned three colleges which show their mission perfectly matches what is needed in the KBK districts.

4.3 Upgradation of Food Craft Institute Balangir to an Institute of Hotel Management.

4.4 Some kind of a centrally funded institute in Kalahandi: One has to be realistic in pursuing something that is achievable; something central government has established in smaller towns in other states; something with similar philosophy as SLIET/GKCIET/CIT-Kokrajhar but in a different field.

Added on Dec 11th 2010: I think a Central Agricultural University can be pushed for Kalahandi. Currently a Central Agricultural University exists in Imphal ( I came across the news item in that says "the Union agriculture ministry had given the go-ahead to develop a central agriculture university in Jhansi". So a similar one can be pushed for Kalahandi.

4.5 Special funding for proposed state Universities in KBK: The Odisha government higher education task force has recommended new state universities to be made in Jeypore (Koraput), Bhawanipatna (Kalahandi) and Balangir. We request that the central government give a one time 50 crore grant to each of these proposed universities so that they can be started at the earliest.

 5. Job Centers:


  • Wagon factory in Kalahandi.
  • Tourist infrastructure around Gandhamardan hills and Harishankar.
  • Tourist infrastructure around Kolab dam and tribal hamlets of Koraput.

6. KBK+: In addition in the KBK+ district of Kandhamal a branch of Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (IGNTU) can be realistically pursued and achieved.

Final Word: Please make additional suggestions. But be realistic. Also, note that here we are talking about what to pursue with the central government.

International airport at Bhubaneswar and functioning airports at Jharsuguda and Jeypore

Bhubaneswar, Bhubaneswar- Cuttack- Puri, Jeypore, Jharsuguda, Jharsugurha, Jharsugurha- Brajarajnagar- Belpahar, Khordha, Koraput, Koraput- Jeypore- Sunabedha- Damanjodi, Rourkela- Kansbahal, Sambalpur-Burla-Jharsuguda 6 Comments » has an article about this. Following are some excerpts.

The Odishans world-wide now recognize the need of International Flights to Bhubaneswar and Domestic Flights to Jharsuguda in order to effectively connect to the hi-tech businesses and tourism around the world.

Without the requisite air connectivity, Odisha cannot expect a jumpstart in development given all the potential that the state has in Tourism, Education and IT, feels Purna Mohanty, leading Non Resident Odia(NRO).

It all started during Pre Invest Bhubaneswar meeting at Hotel Swosti in May 2010, said he.

And then further concretized with hard-copy signature campaign during Invest Bhubaneswar and OSA Convention during 1-4 July, followed by Ratha Yatra Festival in Silicon Valley, CA, USA.

The signature campaign was completed and submitted to Prime Minister, Civil Aviation Minister, Chief Minister and Member of Parliaments.

NROs are thus presenting an overall proposal of Air connectivity in Odisha, with a request to consider & expedite the implementation of the following at the minimum:

Upgrade the 6 decade old regional Airport at Bhubaneswar to an International Airport at the earliest possible.

Expedite and complete the construction of ongoing western regional Jharsugda Airport in Jharsugda district, in western Odisha, within next two years.

The petitionodisha site has a petition on immediate upgradations of airports in Odisha. Please visit it. Besides signing it please also send emails (email addresses of where to send is given here) as in my experience emails have more impact than e-petitions. While our earlier email sample only mentioned Bhubaneswar and Jharsuguda, the petition adds Jeypore. It is indeed a good location for a 3rd functioning airport of Odisha. (We earlier wrote about it.) Feel free to add that to your email. 

Pointers to relevant postings from the past:

Jain Steel, an obstacle to Jharsuguda airport: Dharitri

Bargarh, Jharsuguda, Jharsugurha, Jharsugurha- Brajarajnagar- Belpahar, Rourkela- Kansbahal, Sambalpur, Sambalpur-Burla-Jharsuguda, Sundergarh 1 Comment »

Bhubaneswar airport issue raised in the Odisha assembly: From Dharitri

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Jharsuguda airport status as per Odisha CM: from Odishadiary

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Following is excerpted from a report in

The Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday informed the House  that  the Airports Authority of India has already agreed to develop Jharsuguda Airport to a full fledged one and for which the latter has also asked 815 acres of land free of cost.

… The Chief Minister  informed that the Authority considering the proposal of the State Government of developing Jharasuguda Airport to a full fledged Airport, has asked for additional land of 815 acres free of cost. However, a maximum of 734 acres of land is available near the Airport which includes 418 of Private land. So, the Authority has been requested to scale down their requirement of land through a reasonable estimate. They have also been asked to intimate a firm commitment to complete the expansion project of the Airport within a period of two years from the date of receipt of the additional land and a reply to this effect is awaited, he said.

Related postings on the topic:


Campaign for International Airport in Bhubaneswar and completion of Jharsuguda airport

APPEAL to readers, Bhubaneswar, Bhubaneswar- Cuttack- Puri, Bringing International Connectivity, CENTER & ODISHA, Jharsuguda, Rourkela- Kansbahal, Sambalpur-Burla-Jharsuguda 10 Comments »

Following is an email that I and many other are sending to the PM, the Minister of Civil Aviation, the chief minister and other officials. Please consider sending similar emails to them. Feel free to add additional requests (such as air services to Rourkela airport, etc.) that may seem logical to you. The email addresses to send are: "Dr. Manmohan Singh" <>,, Chief Minister <>,,,, "Sonia Gandhi" <>,

To: Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister, Government of India

        Mr. Praful Patel, Minister of Civil Aviation, Government of India

  CC: Mr. Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Government of Orissa

  Dear Dr. Singh and Mr. Patel:

  Yet again Orissa is being neglected with respect to infrastructure development. While there are news reports [3] that Visakhapatnam airport will soon become an international airport, your government is neglecting the just demands of making Bhubaneswar an international airport even though the later would serve a much bigger population, will be the only international airport in the state, and as per your own data currently has 50% more daily flights than Visakhapatnam.

 Is this because Congress rules in Andhra Pradesh and is in the opposition in Orissa?

 Sir: We would like you to think about even development across India and not just about states ruled by the Congress party. It is your prerogative to establish as many international airports in Andhra Pradesh or any other state of your choice, and we are happy for them, but please do not neglect Orissa in the process.

 We would like to request you to designate the Bhubaneswar airport as an international airport and have Air India (Express) flights directly connecting Bhubaneswar to international destinations, starting with one or more south East Asian destinations such as Bangkok and Singapore. We would also like you to expedite the establishment and operationalization of a commercial airport in Jharsuguda which will cater to the industrial belt of Sambalpur-Jharsuguda-Sundergarh-Rourkela of Orissa and the Ib valley that encompasses Chhatisgarh and Orissa.

 The Bhubaneswar airport caters to the capital area of Orissa and its nearby areas. While the larger metropolitan area of Bhubaneswar [Map1] has a population of 19 lakhs [1], a 200kms radius of around Bhubaneswar consists of 14 of the 21 parliamentary constituencies of Orissa (Berhampur, Aska, Puri, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapada, Jagatsignhpur, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Phulbani) with a population of about 3 crores.

 This area includes several large population centers [Map2] as well as existing and emerging industrial hubs. These centers and hubs are Berhampur to the south, Puri and Paradeep to the east, Angul-Talcher to the west, Kalinganagar, Dhamara and Balasore to the North. The area also includes top tourist destinations such as Puri, Bhubaneswar, Chilika, as well as the Buddhist monuments of Orissa which are of special interest to East Asia. As you may know Buddhism spread to East Asia and beyond when Emperor Ashoka became Dharmshoka on the bank of the Daya river on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar.

 The area is also ripe for a logistic corridor with existing excellent Rail, Road, and Ports connectivity and with a national waterway under works. Thus an international airport would also make it a multi-modal logistic hub.

 The Bhubaneswar airport has a runway of 9000 feet and it is being extended to 10,500 feet.

 Currently, four airlines have regular flights linking Bhubaneswar, three of which have international operations. They are Kingfisher, Jetlite (of Jet) and Air India. The 4th airline connecting Bhubaneswar is Indigo which commenced operations in India on 4th August 2006 and would be eligible for international flights in 2011.

 The average number of flights operating from Bhubaneswar [2] is 50, which is more than with respect to airports in Calicut – 50,  Nagpur – 48, Coimbatore – 42,  Mangalore – 30, Patna – 27, Srinagar – 27,  Amritsar – 27,   Trichy – 21, Varanasi – 16, Port Blair – 15, Tirupati – 9, Gaya – 1 all of which have been designated as international or customs airports.  In addition, there have been recent reports [3] that Visakhapatnam with an average of 33 flights will soon be an international airport.               

 In [Map3] we map the international and custom airports of India and as anyone would notice there is a big gap around Bhubaneswar.

 With Bhubaneswar emerging as an IT, Knowledge/Education and Tourism hub, and Odisha among the leaders in terms of incoming investments it is imperative that the Bhubaneswar airport be made to an international airport urgently.

 We sincerely request you to shed your partisan attitude of neglecting the non-Congress ruled state of Orissa (in favor of Congress ruled states like Andhra Pradesh) and  take immediate action on that front and declare Bhubaneswar as an international airport and commence international flights to/from Bhubaneswar.









The average number of flights operated in a day from each of the International Airports in the country is as under: Mumbai(MIAL) – 654, Delhi (DIAL) – 666, Chennai – 306, Banglore (BIAL) – 280, Kolkata – 231, Hyderabad (GHIAL) – 219, Cochin – 112, Ahmedabad- 107, Guwahati – 90, Trivandrum – 71, Goa – 64, Calicut – 50, Jaipur – 66, Nagpur – 48, Port Blair – 15, Srinagar – 27, Amritsar – 27, Pune – 66, Indore – 61, Juhu – 60, Bhopal – 59, Lucknow – 56, Vadodra – 54, Bhubaneswar – 50, Coimbatore – 42, Visakhapatnam – 33, Ranchi – 32, Raipur – 31, Mangalore – 30, Patna – 27, Jammu- 23, Agartala – 23, Trichy – 21, Chandigarh – 21, Udaipur -21, Imphal – 19, Madurai – 20, Bagdogra – 19, Varanasi – 16,Aurangabad – 14, Silchar – 11, Tirupati – 9, Jodhpur – 7, Leh – 6, Rajkot – 6, Gaya – 1.




So far, seventeen airports in the country have been accorded “International Status”. These airports are Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Calicut, Chennai, Guwahati, Jaipur, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kochi, Delhi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Goa, Port Blair and Srinagar. Of these, eight airports, namely, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Calicut, Chennai, Guwahati, Jaipur, Kolkata and Thiruvananthapuram belong to Airports Authority of India (AAI) and three Civil Enclaves, namely, Goa, Port Blair and Srinagar are maintained by AAI. AAI provides CNS / ATM services for five airports managed by Joint Venture Companies at Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai and Nagpur and for one private airport at Kochi. At Goa, Port Blair and Srinagar, which belong to Defence, AAI only maintains Civil Enclaves and CNS/ATM services are provided by Defence. In addition, Tirupathi airport has been declared as an international airport subject to the condition that the international airport may be made operational only after requisite facilities have been put in place.

Some airports are notified as Customs airports which can also cater to international flights. The customs airports are Varanasai, Tiruchirapalli (Trichy), Patna, Mangalore, Lucknow, Gaya, Coimbatore and Pune (civil enclave).



Favourable reply to Rosaiah’s letter to Union Ministry likely next month

International flights may very soon begin to land at the Visakhapatnam airport with the State Government taking firm initiative to get permission from the Union Government to formally declare it an International Airport.

The Department of Investment and Infrastructure now with Chief Minister Konijeti Roshaiah has written to Ministry of Civil Aviation to accord the requisite permission for the airport and a favourable reply was likely in July.


MAP 1: Greater Bhubaneswar area as per the CDP made by IIT Kharagpur



MAP 2: Population centers and industry hubs around the Bhubaneswar area (within about 200kms)


MAP 3:  International and Custom Airports of India (showing the big gap around Bhubaneswar)

Postscript: Again, if you would like to campaign for whatever else, Do it. No one is stopping you. But don’t act like the proverbial crabs and thwart efforts that are going on. Unfortunately, as evident from some of the responses (see for example the comments at , some people are not even reading the content carefully (otherwise they would notice the mention of Jharsuguda) and instead of doing something positive, they have a knee-jerk negative reaction.

The international airports and custom airports of India

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As per the PIB at dated December, 10

So far, seventeen airports in the country have been accorded “International Status”. These airports are Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Calicut, Chennai, Guwahati, Jaipur, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kochi, Delhi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Goa, Port Blair and Srinagar. … Some airports are notified as Customs airports which can also cater to international flights. The customs airports are Varanasai, Tiruchirapalli (Trichy), Patna, Mangalore, Lucknow, Gaya, Coimbatore and Pune (civil enclave).

The following map shows the above airports. As one may notice there is a huge part around Odisha, Northern Andhra Pradesh and Chhatisgarh that is not served by an international or customs airport. To serve those regions it is important that international connectivity is brought to Bhubaneswar airport.

Effort on to bring international connectivity to Bhubaneswar airport

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Jharsuguda airport to be developed via PPP?

Balasore-Baripada-Rasgovindpur, Jharsuguda, Jharsugurha- Brajarajnagar- Belpahar, Rasgovindpur (Balasore-Baripada-Jaleswar), Sambalpur-Burla-Jharsuguda Comments Off on Jharsuguda airport to be developed via PPP?

Following is an excerpt from a Business Standard report.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) plans to privatise 15 out of 40 non-operational airports across the country on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis to make them function again.

“Out of 40 non-operational airports, 15 have the potential to operate and we have planned to give the airports to private developers to operate it for a concession period,” said a top AAI official, who did not wish to be identified.

The airports to be given to private companies are in Rajasthan, Orissa, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and north-eastern states. ..

As per the AAI page at the non-operational AAI airport in Odisha is in Jharsuguda. This is the good news for Odisha. The slightly bad news is that the Chakulia airport in Jharkhand is probably also in that list. It is 67 kms from both Jamshedpur and Kharagpur and about 80 kms from Baripada. If that takes off the proposed airport in Rasgovindpur (in Mayurbhanj) will not happen soon. But overall from the tri-state perspective Chakulia is a better location.

Indigo doubles its flight operations at Bhubaneswar from March 18 2010: twice daily non-stop to Delhi and Hyderabad and once daily 1-stop to Bangalore and Mumbai

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Following is from its page

6E 257 Bhubaneshwar Bangalore 10:00 AM 1:00 PM Tue Hyderabad  
6E 259 Bhubaneshwar Bangalore 6:45 PM 9:50 PM Daily Hyderabad eff 18 March 10
6E 260 Bhubaneshwar Delhi 10:10 AM 12:10 PM Daily   eff 18 March 10
6E 258 Bhubaneshwar Delhi 6:15 PM 8:15 PM Tue    
6E 258 Bhubaneshwar Delhi 7:10 PM 9:15 PM Ex Tue    
6E 257 Bhubaneshwar Hyderabad 10:00 AM 11:20 AM Daily   eff 18 March 10
6E 257 Bhubaneshwar Hyderabad 10:00 AM 11:25 AM Daily   till 17 March 10
6E 259 Bhubaneshwar Hyderabad 6:45 PM 8:15 PM Daily   eff 18 March 10
6E 257 Bhubaneshwar Mumbai 10:00 AM 1:25 PM Ex Tue Hyderabad
6E 260 Bangalore Bhubaneshwar 6:45 AM 9:40 AM Daily Hyderabad eff 18 March 10
6E 258 Bangalore Bhubaneshwar 2:40 PM 5:45 PM Tue Hyderabad
6E 257 Delhi Bhubaneshwar 7:30 AM 9:30 AM Daily   eff 18 March 10
6E 257 Delhi Bhubaneshwar 7:35 AM 9:35 AM Daily   till 17 March 10
6E 259 Delhi Bhubaneshwar 4:15 PM 6:20PM Daily   eff 18 March 10
6E 260 Hyderabad Bhubaneshwar 8:15 AM 9:40 AM Daily   eff 18 March 10
6E 258 Hyderabad Bhubaneshwar 4:25 PM 5:45 PM Tue    
6E 258 Hyderabad Bhubaneshwar 5:10 PM 6:40 PM Ex Tue    
6E 258 Mumbai Bhubaneshwar 3:20 PM 6:40 PM Ex Tue Hyderabad

From my personal experience Indigo is the best airlines in India.

Koraput MP says air service to Jeypore to start within 6 months: Orissadiary

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Following is an excerpt from a report in Orissadiary.

“With in coming 6 months the 32 seated Aero-service to commence from Jeypore”, declared by MP Shri. Jayaram Pangi along with some Administration Officials at Jeypore Airport. …

During past 1962 the said Airport was established by Ex-Chief Minister Biju Pattanik. During 1980 the service commenced on those days from Jeypore to Vishakapatnam and Bhubaneswar. But now days the said Airport get activated during the VIP visits only. After establishing HAL at Sunabeda the said Airport was established, but the importance found raised after the establishment of NALCO at Damanjodi.


Orissa’s future airport plans

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Update: Expressbuzz also reports on this.

Following is from today’s Dharitri.

From the above, and its actions in the past, it seems that Orissa government’s future plan in terms of airports are:

  • Make an international airport in Bhubaneswar. (Shifting to the new location will take another 10 years.)
  • Make an airport in Jharsuguda to cater for Bargarh-Sambalpur-Jharsuguda-Rourkela belt: Will take 2-3 yrs to be operational.
  • Plan for an airport in Jeypore: Will take 8-10 years to be operational
  • Plan for an airport in Rasgovindpur (near Jaleswar, close to Balasore and Baripada): Will take 8-10 years to be operational

Couple of implications of the above are: Berhampur and Rourkela may not get functional airports in the near future (say next 10 years) as they are close to airports at Bhubaneswar and Jharsuguda respectively. The overall airport situation in Orissa in 10 years will be as follows:

Now lets analyze how feasible the airports at Jeypore and Rasgovindpur will be.

  • Jeypore: It is 258 kms from Visakhapatnam by Rail and 224 kms by road. It is 378 kms from Raipur; 450 kms from Jharsuguda and 520 kms from Bhubaneswar. It will be at the junction of two expressways and thus would be able to serve a large population in Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Chhatisgarh.
  • Rasgovindpur: It will be 30-40 kms from Balasore and Baripada; 70-80 kms from Digha; 80-90 kms from Kharagpur mostly on the expressway; 90-100 kms from Bhadrak mostly on the expressway, close to two expressways; 200kms from Kolkata airport;  210-220 kms from Tatanagar and 260-270 kms from Bhubaneswar. (Tatanagar being only 170 kms from Ranchi may not have a viable commercial airport for some time. Kharagpur being 120 kms from Kolkata will not have a viable commercial airport for a long time.) Thus it is far enough to the nearest airports in Bhubaneswar and DumDum (Kolkata), but at the same time there are enough population centers (Balasore, Baripada, Bhadrak, Digha, Kharagpur, Medinipur, Jhargram, Ghatsila) that will be close to this airport than the existing airports. So this aiport could serve a significant population in Orissa, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

800 acres needed for airport in Jharsuguda; Work for a new 150 crore terminal in Bhubaneswar to start in April 2010

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Update2: Picture of the Bhubaneswar airport upgradation plan. Courtsey:


Update: Excerpts from a report in

… the Chief Minister talked to the Chairman AAI at length and reportedly acceded to the demand of the AAI to bear the cost of Rs.25 crore needed for both land and infrastructure.

815 acres of land is needed for the purpose.

Secondly power, water and road infrastructure is required to be provided free of cost.

So the financial implications will be coming around Rs.25 crore, which will be borne by the State Government, said sources.

State Government and AAI will sign a MOU for development of the airport.


Following is an excerpt from a report in

Airports Authority of India (AAI) seeks 800 acres of land to set up airport in Orissa’s Jharsguda. This was said by AAI chairman, VP Agarwal at Bhubaneswar.

… He also informed that AAI likely to invest Rs 150 crores in Biju Patnaik airport for the establishment of a new terminal building at Bhubaneswar.  … Moreover, work for the proposed terminal building start from April next year he added. The new terminal building would be designed to accommodate 1000 passengers and it would be centrally air-conditioned.

Regional air carrier from Orissa expected to fly in six months

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Following is an excerpt from a report in livemint.

“In three months, Luan Airways lines will start flying based out of Surat,” Vardhan said, adding in next six months, three more regional carriers from Uttarakhand, Orissa and the North-East will start flying.


Current flight connectivity ranking of various urban agglomerations of India

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Following is extracted from The ranking is based on "the average number of flights operated in a day from each of the International Airports in the country":

  1. Mumbai(MIAL) – 654, Juhu – 60
  2. Delhi – 666
  3. Chennai – 306
  4. Banglore (BIAL) – 280
  5. Kolkata – 231
  6. Hyderabad (GHIAL) – 219
  7. Cochin – 112
  8. Ahmedabad- 107
  9. Guwahati – 90
  10. Trivandrum – 71
  11. Jaipur – 66, Pune – 66
  12. Goa – 64
  13. Indore – 61
  14. Bhopal – 59
  15. Lucknow – 56
  16. Vadodra – 54
  17. Bhubaneswar – 50, Calicut – 50
  18. Nagpur – 48
  19. Coimbatore – 42
  20. Visakhapatnam – 33
  21. Ranchi – 32
  22. Raipur – 31
  23. Mangalore – 30
  24. Patna – 27, Srinagar – 27, Amritsar – 27
  25. Jammu- 23, Agartala – 23
  26. Trichy – 21, Chandigarh – 21, Udaipur -21
  27. Madurai – 20
  28. Imphal – 19,  Bagdogra – 19
  29. Varanasi – 16
  30. Port Blair – 15
  31. Aurangabad – 14
  32. Silchar – 11
  33. Tirupati – 9
  34. Jodhpur – 7
  35. Leh – 6
  36. Rajkot – 6
  37. Gaya – 1 

The mention of the word "international" in the above item is somewhat incorrect, as the list of international airports given in is a different list. For example, Bhubaneswar is not in that list.

On related news, Bhubaneswar is among the 10 airports that are being taken up for city side development in the first phase. Following is an excerpt from

In the 1st phase, ten airports namely Kolkata, Hyderabad (Begumpet), Vishakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar, Lucknow, Indore, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Guwahati and Jaipur should be taken up for city side development.

Some of the facilities planned to be made available are hotels, restaurants, convention centres, food court, flight kitchen, petrol pump, retail shops, cargo facilities, parking etc.

The land available at the airports on the cityside is to be carried out and leased through open tender for development of facilities. The amount to be spent for city side development at each airport would depend upon the bid to be submitted by the successful bidder selected through competitive bidding.

An Idea: Besides new functional airports at Jharsuguda, Rourkela or both, and regional services in small planes to locations like Koraput, Joda-Barbil, Keonjhar, Baripada, Berhampur, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Lanjigarh-Bhawanipatna, Balasore, etc., one other way to develop the air connectivity of Orissa further is to develop air-bus terminals in cities and towns within two hours (200 kms) of Bhubaneswar. This would include luxury bus services and special counters at

  • Cuttack station, Cuttack
  • Puri
  • Konark
  • Dhenkanal, Angul, Talcher
  • Chilika area (Barakul, Rambha), Chhatrapur, Berhampur
  • Paradeep
  • Kalinganagar
  • Bhadrak, Balasore
  • Bhubaneswar Station
  • Khurda rd Station

The airport should bunch together its flights and have luxury buses (of various sizes) running 3-4 times a day to and from these destinations. Outside the airport there should be a luxury bus terminal for these flights. After getting off one should be able to take one of these buses (within an hour) to one of the above destinations right from the airport premises. Similarly, one should be able to take a bus from one of these locations to the Bhubaneswar airport.

This will be a win-win situation for every one. Since the population base that can use the airport will increase this will lead to more flights. Alternatively, various places will have somewhat of an air connectivity. (Note that in big cities it may take 1-2 hr to just to get to the airport.) It will also facilitate tourists.

Such bus servivce from airports to nearby cities is common in many parts of the world. I have used it in Mexico.

Staus of Jharsuguda airport; Other airstrips in Orissa

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Following is from a news item in yahoo.

The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has decided to upgrade the airstrip at Jharsuguda in Orissa into a full-fledged airport. The AAI has asked the state government to provide 850 acres for the purpose. The AAI proposal was discussed on Tuesday at a high-level official meeting of the Orissa government. The state government has decided to provide the additional 450 acres for the up-gradation of the air strip. The airstrip was build over 400 acres during World War II, an official of the state directorate of aviation said.

Orissa has 17 airstrips besides the one model airport -Biju Patnaik Airport at Bhubaneswar. The air strips are at Armada Road (Mayurbhanj), Utkela (Kalahandi), Tusra (Balangir), Therubali (Rayagada), Rourkela (Sundergarh), Rangailunda (Ganjam), Rairangpur (Mayurbhanj), Gotma (Nuapada), Gudari (Khandhamal), Sativata-Padampur (Bargarh), Raisuan (Keonjhar), Jeypore (Koraput), Jamdapali-Hirakud (Sambalpur), Birsal (Dhenkanal), Rajbasa-Baripada (Mayurbhanj) and Barbil (Keonjhar), besides Jharsuguda. The state government has been proposing the Jharsuguda airstrip for up-gradation in view of a major industrial hub coming up around the airstrip. Three major aluminium complexes by Hindalco, NALCO and Vedanta Resources are coming up besides several steel and power plants in the Jharsuguda district.


Kingfisher (re)starts flying Bhubaneswar-Hyderabad from March 29th

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Following is from a report in Hindu Business line.

Kingfisher Airlines on Thursday announced it has commenced flights on five new domestic routes as part of its Summer-2009 schedule that began on March 29.

They are: Mumbai-Vadodara, Mumbai-Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad-Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad-Aurangabad and Bangalore-Kozhikode.

New Air India uniform based on Konark sun temple motifs

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Following is an excerpt from a report in PTI.

The grandeur of the majestic Konark Sun Temple in Orissa is set to be reflected in the new uniforms of Air India, with both cabin crew and ground staff, readying to don designer Ritu Beri’s fashionable creations.

"There is an endless wealth of decoration from minute patterns to boldly modelled free standing sculptures in the Sun Temple, which marks the foundation for the uniforms including saris and ties for men," says Beri who has been awarded the task to design the new uniforms.

"The wheels and arches of the temple are reflected in the print created. The saris depict the sun with rays going in all directions, inspired by the wheels of the Sun god’s chariot," Beri told PTI in an interview.

… "The endeavour was to combine our rich Indian colours and motifs from the temple with the powerful and more modern combination of black and white in the borders and the ‘pallu’ of the saris," says Beri. 


Progress on Jharsuguda airport

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Following is an excerpt from a report in Business Standard.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) under the Union ministry of civil aviation will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Orissa government very soon for the development of a second airport in the state at Jharsuguda.

"We have already submitted the draft MoU to the state government and discussed the matter with the Orissa Chief Secretary for the development of the proposed airport at Jharsuguda", said PK Singhal, executive director, AAI (eastern region). At present, the state has only one full-fledged airport in Bhubaneswar.

He, however, said the commencement and completion of the new airport depends on the availability of land from the state government. Around 90 acres of land was required for the development of the airport at the industrial town of in south Orissa.

AAI would invest about Rs 80crore in the first phase of the project while the investment in the second phase would depend on the traffic of the airport, he stated.

… Singhal, however, ruled out any other proposal to develop or upgrade airstrips in the state to a full-fledged airport apart from Jharsuguda. “We have not received any other proposal from the government for the development of airport in the state apart from Jharsuguda", he said.

There are 16 airstrips and 12 helipads in the state for landing of aircrafts and helicopters.

There is also a plan to install radars in Jharsuguda. Following is an excerpt from a report in Hindu.

In a bid to strengthen security in the wake of Mumbai terror attack, Airport Authority of India will soon install three monopulse secondary surveillance radars (MSSR) in Orissa and West Bengal.

… The radars would be installed in Kolkata and Raniganj in West Bengal and Jharsuguda in Orissa for proper surveillance of aircraft moving in the region, Mr Singhal said.

At present only one MSSR is functioning here in Orissa’s Ganjam district since 1992.

The radar installed at Berhampur is capable of making surveillance up to 400 km in air path and functions without an airport, he said.

Airstrips in Orissa

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Name of the Airstrips



Elevation in feet

Run way


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Breadth in feet

Type of


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18 / 36

3000 X 150










8650 E

2156 N


2 / 20

2400 X 264









8541 E

2059 N


9 / 27

3000 X 150





FIT for

fair weather






8400 E

2135 N


15 / 33

3600 X 150










8233 E

1851 N


16 / 34

3000 X 50










8403 E

2155 N


6 / 24

6300 X 150










8535 E

2140 N


18 / 36

3000 X 150











8230 E

2052 N


18 / 36

3286 X 600





FIT for fair weather






8320 E

2102 N


11 / 29

3500 X 180





FIT for fair







8416 E

2023 N


11 / 29

3500 X 180





FIT for fair







8607 E

2218 N


18 / 36

4000 X 100





FIT for fair weather






8455 E

1917 N


18 / 36

3442 X 200





FIT far fair weather





8449 E

2216 N


9 / 27

4000 X 100










8326 E

1915 N


3 / 21

4000 X 200










8326 E

2034 N


6 / 24

4000 X 150










8310 E

2005 N


4 / 22

3000 X 150










8703 E

2149 N


17 / 35

3000 X 150






S.G. – State Government

A.A.I – Airports Authority of India

SAIL – Steel Authority of India Ltd.

IMFA- Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys Ltd.

Some progress in the Jharsuguda airport front: Samaja

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Hopefully now the work will get started.

Bhubaneswar airport to move outside of the area: Sambada

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Update on Jharsuguda airport

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Following is an excerpt from a report in Telegraph.

Taking into consideration the growing demand for an airport at Jharsuguda, the Union government has decided to renovate the existing one …

The government has decided to opt for a public-private partnership for the work. SREI, a Calcutta-based finance company, has expressed interest and is negotiating with the government in this regard, sources said. “No final decision has been taken. A confirmation has been sought from Airport Authority of India. Their decision will be final,” said works secretary S.K. Ray.