Odisha CM reiterates request to rename Jharsuguda airport
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday once against requested the central government to rename the Jharsuguda airport, which is scheduled to be inaugurated on September 22, after eminent freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai.
“I would like to reiterate the request that the Government of India may consider naming the Jharsuguda Airport as ‘Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda’ which would be a befitting tribute to the legendary son of the soil,” said Patnaik in his letter to Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu.
Earlier in July, the Civil Aviation Ministry had denied naming the airport after the freedom fighter citing the absence of a state Assembly resolution in this regard.
The Chief Minister also urged to introduce commercial flights to Jharsuguda airport.
“You might be aware that Jharsuguda is located strategically in an industrial and mining belt of Odisha. Keeping in view the growing importance of this city in western Odisha, I would request you to kindly consider introduction of commercial flights to Jharsuguda,” said Patnaik.
The Chief Minister also suggested that one of the Air India flights from Bhubaneswar to Delhi may be routed through Jharsuguda airport.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the much awaited airport in the state.
Earlier on the day, a Boeing-737 of Indian Air Force (IAF) made a trial landing at the newly built airport.