Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda today stressed on judicious use of mineral resources as natural resources were exhaustible.
“Keeping in mind that mineral resources like coal and iron ore are exhaustible, we should use them in such a manner that we get maximum value addition from them, helping our economic growth,” Munda said.
The chief minister, who laid the foundation stone for an international airport in Jharkhand’s Deoghar district from his residence in Ranchi cited the examples of the US, European countries and China and said they had managed their products and time properly to dominate the world market.
Munda said one could overtake them with proper management of resources.
Recalling his discussions on the funding pattern with Planning Commission members Sudha Pillai and Kasturi Rangan sometime back, Munda expressed the hope that the international airport in Deogarh would be completed soon so that the temple town would be in the world tourism air connectivity map at the earliest.
Suggesting that Gamaria in Jamshedpur was also fit for an international airport as the Kolhan division with its over Rs 2,500 crore annual business had the potential of establishing economic link with the outside world.
“We have given the Deogarh International Airport on lease to the Airport Authority of India for 30 years to manage it and the lease will be renewed thereafter,” Munda said.
The chief minister said early completion of the airport should be ensured as not only Deogarh has a world famous temple town but also the nearby Parsanath Jain Temple in Giridih is also popular.