Naveen urges PM Modi for restoration of flight operations at Jharsuguda airport

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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi for immediate restoration of UDAN flight operations at Veer Surendra Sai (VSS) Airport in Jharsuguda.

In a letter to PM Modi, Patnaik requested him to direct the Ministry of Civil Aviation for immediate restoration of UDAN flight operations and explore the possibility of starting operations from Jharsuguda to other parts of the state and neighbouring states through any Airlines.

“I may bring to your kind notice that Air Odisha has suddenly suspended its flight operations from Jharsuguda after October 6 without any valid reason. The abrupt suspension of the existing operations has given a severe jolt to the aviation sector in the state and has also hurt the sentiments of the people of Western Odisha,” Naveen wrote.

“I shall be grateful, if you may kindly instruct Air India to start the operation from Bhubaneswar to New Delhi via Jharsuguda so that people of Western parts of Odisha can be benefited,” he added.

The CM further stated that the Centre is yet to bring out a notification regarding naming of Jharsuguda airport after Veer Surendra Sai, despite an announcement by the PM.

“Jharsuguda Airport was formally dedicated to the nation and UDAN flight operated by Air Odisha was flagged off by you on September 22. You had also announced the naming of Jharsuguda Airport as “Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda” as a befitting tribute to the well known freedom fighter and legendary son of the soil. However, notification to this effect has not yet been issued by Centre,” Naveen said.

“I would request that Union Government may immediately bring out the notification naming Jharsuguda Airport as “Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda,” he added.

The CM said he had requested Centre to consider introduction of commercial flights in addition to the UDAN flights in order to make Jharsuguda Airport a full-fledged commercial airport.

“The state government is committed to provide all necessary fund and support for further expansion of Jharsuguda Airport,” Naveen added.

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