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SAIL, AAI sign MoU over use of SAIL airstrips

Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) and Airports Authority of India (AAI) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Monday for utilization of SAIL airstrips at Rourkela, Bokaro and Burnpur under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) –UDAN.

As a result of this initiative, the three steel cities of Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) namely Rourkela, Bokaro and Burnpur located in states of Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal, respectively, are soon likely to firmly feature on the country’s aviation map.

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The RCS-UDAN scheme, a flagship project of government of India launched by Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), envisages enhancing the regional air connectivity by providing support in terms of infrastructure and other facilities.

Under the MoU, AAI as an implementation agency under RCS-UDAN would be executing the required works before commencement of RCS flights at all these three airports. Eventually AAI will operate and manage Airport Operations for Burnpur, Rourkela and Bokaro Airport, on behalf of SAIL for three years, a late evening statement from SAIL said.

Start of operations at Rourkela, Bokaro and Burnpur airports under the RCS-UDAN would immensely benefit the citizens of these cities through better connectivity and also speed up the developmental activities in the region. After the RCS-UDAN flights become operational from Rourkela, Bokaro and Burnpur, it will also help in augmenting to and fro mobility of employees of SAIL at faster rate from respective steel plants.


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