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Paradip Port to get airstrip

Steel News - Published on Thu, 16 Sep 2010

Paradip Port Trust is planning to have an airstrip within the port premises to facilitate movement to and from the port.

A resolution in this regard was recently passed by the board of trustees of the port. Mr Biplav Kumar chairman of PPT told Business Line that \"We\'ve also received in-principle consent of the Shipping Ministry.”

The nearest airport at Bhubaneswar is about 160 km away and it takes nearly two and a half to three hours to cover the distance by road generally. But since National Highways 5 and 5A connecting Bhubaneswar and Paradip are congested, particularly the 90 km stretch of NH 5A that is used by heavy duty trucks carrying iron ore exports to the port or imported coal from the port, the actual journey time can be anything between four to five hours, even more.

The condition of the other route, the old 110 km road via Cuttack, beggars description. This inconveniences officials of the port, as well as others, traveling to the port on work. With refinery, steel plants and other projects due to come up around Paradip, faster movement has become a critical issue. The land for the proposed airstrip, as the port Chairman informed, has been identified.

(Sourced from Business Line)

Posted By : admin on Thu, 16 Sep 2010
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