Why not Airport in Berhampur?

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Dear Sir/Madam,

Despite 25 long years of demand of the people of Ganjam, many hurdles are coming for the establishment of a Domestic & Cargo Airport in Berhampur city, Ganjam, Odisha 

Noteworthy, the 'Odisha Development Forum' submitted memorandum to #PMO, #CMO Odisha, #UnionCivilAviation Ministry and other concerned authorities several times on this issue and got assurances on the early establishment of Berhampur Airport in Ganjam.

Despite Centers assurance, ODISHA govt knowingly neglecting and showing  step-motherly attitude for the establishment of #BerhampurAirport. Neither it establishs the Airport nor includes it in UDDAN scheme.

The Expansion of 2nd worldwar time Rangailunda (Berhampur) Airstrip was initiated by the Department of Civil Aviation in 2008 and the central government included Berhampur in the list of 49 low cost Airports.

Odisha CM Shri Naveen Patnaik laid the foundation stone for a domestic #Airport in #Berhampur in 2016.

Former Union Civil aviation Minister in Modi government 1.0 Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju promised for the establishment of a #Domestic & #Cargo Airport in #Berhampur during his visit in 2016.

Union Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan also wrote to Union Minister of Civil aviation in Feb 2020 for the establishment of #Brahmapur_Airport.

Now Civil Aviation Dept. & Odisha govt jointly establishing airports in #Rourkela (just 90 km from #Jharsuguda airport) & in small towns of Odisha like #Utkela, #dhamara, Jeypore; but not in #Berhampur. Why they are doing so? Though, Berhampur is the 2nd biggest urban cluster and an emerging city in East coast of India.

Why Airport in Brahmapur??

@ Apart from BBSR if any city has potentiality to run an Airport; is #Berhampur.

@ As per media reports, around 40% passengers to BBSR Airport & 25% passengers to Vizag comes from this region.

@ Berhampur city is 185 km from BBSR airport & 255 km from Vizag Airport.

@ An Airstrip build in 1930s is already existing in Berhampur University campus & new patch of land was already earmarked in CDP- Berhampur in 2016.

@ #Berhampur is a commercial city with around 7 lakh population & the population of Ganjam District alone is around 40 lakhs.

@ People of 12 districts also depend on Berhampur for various purposes daily.

@ For BUSINESS, Education like IISER, BU, KU, number of Tech, Management, Medical & Professional Institutes, Health care, Gopalpur Port, Industries like Tata SeZ, Saraff, IRE, Birla etc & tourism to #TaraTarini, Gopalpur, Chilka & destinations of South Odisha lakhs of floating population depend on Berhampur which is the gateway to South Odisha.

@ Around 25,000 persons of the 'Army Air Defence College', 'Indian Naval Academy, Chilka' and 'Indian Coast Guard Station (ICGS) Gopalpur' also depends on Berhampur for communication, transportation & their other needs.

For all these reasons #Berhampur city is well deserved for a domestic airport but it is quite unclear why Ministry of Civil aviation and Odisha Government have never taken interest to establish an Airport in this city.

'Odisha Development Forum' once again requests the Ministry of Civil aviation and Odisha Government to consider the decades old demand of Ganjam People for the establishment of an Airport in Berhampur at the earliest.

Ram Prasad Tripathy 

President, Odisha  Development Forum