Airports Authority of India, Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Government of Jharkhand signed a tripartite MoU for the development of Deoghar Airport in Deoghar district of Jharkhand. The existing Deoghar Airport will be developed for operations of A-320 and C-130 Aircraft. Signing of MoU took place in a ceremony held at the CM Residence.
The state government has acquired 600.34 acres of land which will be handed over to AAI apart from the existing 53.41 acres Deoghar Airport land. DRDO, Jharkhand state government and AAI will provide Rs 200 crores, Rs 50 crores respectively to develop, operationalise and maintain the airport. The time frame given to develop and operationalise the Deoghar Airport is two years.
Chief Minister of Jharkhand Raghubar Das; Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha; Minister of Transport, Government of Jharkhand C P Singh; Ram Tahal Chaudhaury and Nishikant Dubey graced the occasion.
Dr Guru Prasad Mahapatra, Chairman AAI; Rajbala Verma, Chief Secretary, Government of Jharkhand; Amit Khare, Development Commissioner, Government of Jharkhand; Sudhir Raheja, Member Planning AAI; Sanjay Jain, RED (ER), AAI; H S Chaudhry, Additional Director of DRDO; Anil Vikram, Airport Director, Ranchi as well as senior officials of the State Government of Jharkhand and AAI were also present on this occasion.