Jharsuguda: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today dedicated Veer Surendra Sai Airport in Jharsuguda to the nation in the presence of Governor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu and Union Ministers Jual Oram and Dharmendra Pradhan.
Earlier, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wrote the Central Government to name the Jharsuguda airport after Veer Surendra Sai. The State Assembly also passed a resolution to this effect in the recently concluded Monsoon Session.
The Prime Minister said the nation needs more airports to speed up the development process.
The airport has been developed for all weather operations including night operations for A-320 type aircraft. The airport has been built over an area of 909.22 acres at a cost of Rs 175 crore, of which the State Government has contributed Rs 75 crore.
The State Government has sanctioned 120 acre land for the airport free of cost for the project.
During his one-day visit to the state, Modi laid lay the foundation stone for the renovation of the Talcher fertiliser plant, and also dedicated a new railway line of the Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) between Jharsuguda and Sardega in Sundargarh district and two new coal mines in Sundargarh district, he said.