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Centre agrees for State’s need for more ports

 The Ministry of Defence has agreed to State government’s request to remove the bottlenecks hindering construction of more ports in State, renovation of World War II airstrip in Mayurbhanj district and provide land for completion of a stadium in Berhampur.

        These issues were discussed at a high level meeting the Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi had with Union Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar here today.

        Padhi informed about the need for more land for construction of Berhampur stadium and the business, industrialization and development angles of more ports on State’s coast.

        The Chief Secretary urged the Air Force officials who were present at the meeting to renovate the Rasgobindpur Air strip constructed during the World War II period.

        Padhi said development of the airstrip will boost development in the area, said sources.

        Principal Secretary Transport and Commerce Samjay Rastogi and Secretary Manoj Mishra apprised the Central and Air Force officials  about the problems being faced for expediting the construction of ports identified on the State’s coast.

        Sources said the Ministry and State government will work in tandem to simultaneously develop the identified ports along with the Defence Research Institute in Abdul Kalam Island and the Interim Test Range.

        Notably, State government had allotted nearly 9 acre land to NCC which it has sought back to complete the Berhampur stadium.

        The State government has also offered to provide equivalent land and nearly Rs 2.28 crore towards construction of quarters. It also offered to pay Rs 60,000 per month to NCC till the quarters are constructed, said sources.

        Kumar is understood to have directed his officials to surrender the land desired by the State government.

        Mishra told the Union Government officials that if the bottlenecks are resolved, construction of Astarang and Subarnrekha ports can be expedited along with Bahabalpur and Chudamani port.


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