Jharkhand, is set to have a new airport that will cater to small aircraft flights. The Jharkhand Road Construction Department has initiated a survey for the construction of the airport in Chaibasa and has issued a tender for the project. The selected survey agency will be responsible for preparing a Detailed Project Report (DPR) within 120 days. The state government intends to utilize the existing airstrip, which is around 50 to 60 years old, for the new airport.
The proposed airport includes plans for the runway, terminal building, boundary wall, and other essential infrastructure. It is noteworthy that there is an airstrip located about 6-7 km away from Chaibasa in a rural area, which was previously used for landing and takeoff during Bihar’s era. However, after the formation of Jharkhand as a separate state, the airstrip remained unused. Now, the state government aims to convert the old airstrip in Chaibasa into a fully functional airport. Additionally, airports are also planned for Gumla and Palamu, while there are discussions to extend the runway length at Dumka airport.
The estimated cost for the Chaibasa airport project is around Rs 1,000 crore ($133 million). The new airport will not only enhance connectivity but also contribute to the overall development of the region, known for its abundant mineral resources and tribal culture. It is expected to benefit the neighboring districts of West Singhbhum, Saraikela-Kharsawan, and East Singhbhum. The airport infrastructure will include a terminal building spanning an area of 6,000 square meters, a 4,500-meter runway, hangars, taxiways, and an aircraft maintenance center. Moreover, it will feature an air traffic control tower, lounges, retail facilities, control rooms, office spaces, and ample parking facilities. By 2030, when the airport reaches its full capacity, it is projected to handle approximately 60 million passengers annually, ensuring seamless air travel for the region.ShareSave