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Thursday, 06 December, 2012, 15 : 00 PM [IST]

Ranchi airport to be operational before India-England ODI

Ranchi, the capital city of Jharkhand will finally have its world-class new airport operational before the first ever international cricket match in the city scheduled for January 19, 2013. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) recently received a No objection Certificate (NoC) from the Union Defence Ministry to construct an approach road to the new terminal building, as per a TOI report.

The work on the one km approach road, which was forcibly stopped two years ago by local army unit, has already began. The 30-metre wide approach road would be constructed before December 31, 2012. The AAI wants to get the new terminal building inaugurated a week before the India-England One Day International (ODI). "The NoC has been forwarded to the AAI who would soon construct the road," said Vinay Kumar Choubey, Deputy Commissoner of Ranchi.

"The airport would be thrown open before ODI. The international sportspersons and visitors who would flock to Ranchi for the first ever ODI in the state capital would carry a positive message back home," said Raju Raghvendra Kumar, Birsa Munda Airport Director

"Though it is difficult, we would make our best efforts to complete the project before December 31, 2012," said the Airport Director.
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