Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patanik will visit Surat in Gujarat tomorrow to attend Odisha Mohatsav and meet Odia people there.
Ahead of the CM visit, Ministers like Surjya Narayan Patro, Bikram Keshari Arukh, Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda and MLAs from Ganjam district have already camped in Surat. They are interacting with people and enquiring about their problems. The Odisha Utsav will be held for five hours from 5 pm to 10 pm.
Before his visit, the Chief Minister has written to the Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu and his Gujarat counterpart Vijay Rupani urging them to introduce two trains between Brahmapur and Surat, special flights between Bhubaneswar and Surat and an acre of land for construction of a community hall for Odia people at Surat, respectively.
In all his letters, Patnaik mentioned that about 7 lakh people from Odisha are residing in Surat and most of them are from south Odisha, especially Ganjam district. They are mainly engaged in powerlooms, dyeing and printing, diamond cutting and other spheres of trade and commerce.