Dhamra Port-based Industrial and Trade Centre on 500 acres of land

Commercial Airport over 444 acres of land

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government Tuesday decided in principle to set up a commercial airport at the port town of Dhamra in Bhadrak district.  A patch of land spreading over  444 acres has been identified for the location of the port.

The state government is proposing to set up the airport as part of its programme to develop the Dhamra  as a major port-based industrial and trade centre. For the industrial estate, the government has identified 500 acres of land near the port.

The Dhamra Port Compancy Ltd.(DPCL)  has invested Rs 8,000 crore in the first phase to handle 25 million tonnes of cargo with two berths. In 2017-18, the port has handled 21.43 million tonnes of cargo.

The chief secretary, AP Padhi, Tuesday reviewed the progress of the Dhamra port-based industrial and trade centre project. The Bhadrak collector Gyana Ranjan Das gave the land details through video conferenceing with the chief secretary.

Agriculture development commissioner Gagan Dhal, forest and environment additional chief secretary Suresh Mohapatra, commerce and transport principal secretary G Srinivas, special secretary Manoj Mishra, revenue principal secretary CS Kumar, works secretary Nalinikanta Pradhan, home special secretary Santosh Bala and DPCL chief executive officer Subrat Tripathy  were present in the review meeting.