Puri, Nov 20: The Shree Jagannath International Airport in Puri has received a significant boost as the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change (MoEFCC) granted approval for the diversion of forest land to facilitate the ambitious project.
According to sources, the MoEFCC has given clearance for 27.85 hectares of deemed forest land, equivalent to approximately 68.81 acres, for the construction of the international airport.
The airport is slated to be developed on an expansive area of around 1,164.75 acres, encompassing 68.81 acres of forest land, 221.89 acres of private land, and the remaining portion as state government land in Sipasarubali and Sandhapur, located under Brahmagiri tehsil.
The private land required for the project comprises 153.78 acres in Sipasarubali and 68.11 acres in Sandhapur.
To proceed with the land acquisition for the airport, the Puri district administration has issued a preliminary notification under section 11 (1) of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013. Individuals are invited to submit objections, if any, by January 3.