New Delhi: The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today approved renaming of Jharsuguda Airport, Odisha as “Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda”
“Veer Surendra Sai is a well-known freedom fighter of Odisha. Renaming of the Jharsuguda airport in his name will fulfill long-pending demand of the Odisha Government, which reflects the sentiments of the local public of the respective area. It will also be a befitting tribute to the contribution of the revered personality associated with the State,” said Civil Aviation Ministry release.
On October 30, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to issue a notification naming the Jharsuguda Airport as ‘Veer Surendra Sai’ Airport. He also urged the prime minister to instruct Air India for operation of flight from Bhubaneswar to New Delhi via Jharsuguda.
“I would request that Union Government may immediately bring out the notification naming Jharsuguda Airport as Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda,” Patnaik wrote to Modi.
Modi on September 22 had dedicated the Jharsuguda Airport to the nation and flagged off the UDAN flight from the airport.