Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today requested Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu to name Jharsuguda Airport after Veer Surendra Sai.
He also demanded that the Central Government consider introduction of commercial flights to Jharsuguda.
“The State Government has been requesting that Jharsuguda Airport be named after Veer Surendra Sai, a well known freedom fighter of Odisha who hailed from the place. I would like to reiterate the request that 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,” Patnaik said.
The Jharsuguda Airport will be formally inaugurated and dedicated to the nation on September 22 by Prime Minister Naveen Patnaik.
“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 the western Odisha, I would request you to kindly consider introduction of commercial flights to Jharsuguda. To begin with, one of Air India flights from Bhubaneswar to Delhi may be routed through Jharsuguda,” Patnaik added.