As the rooftop of the Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower has been blown away, affecting very high frequency (VHF) antennas at the rooftop, the ministry said that alternate ATC arrangements have been made at the airport.
The extremely severe cyclonic storm made landfall at around 8 a.m. in Puri but thanks to enough advance warning, about 11 lakh people had already been evacuated from vulnerable and low-lying areas of at least 11 coastal districts by Thursday.
An estimated 10,000 villages and 52 towns in Odisha will be hit by the 'extremely severe' cyclonic storm Fani, which is approaching India's eastern coast and is expected to make landfall south of Puri tomorrow.
Uttar Pradesh government will be acquiring 1337 hectares of land for the proposed Jewar international airport in Gautam Buddh Nagar district in the first phase of the project. A total of 5926 families will be affected.