Monday, November 19, 2018

Non Resident Odias (NROs) step up efforts to operationalize Jharsuguda Airport, meet Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik

Overseas Odias living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who have spearheaded an International movement to ensure regular air connectivity to the newly opened Veer Surendra Sai Airport in Jharsuguda have stepped up their efforts in this direction. Today senior Non Resident Odias (NRO) met Odisha Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik at Bhubaneswar and presented a memorandum in this regard.
The establishment of an airport in western Odisha was a long pending demand of the people and it’s opening in Jharsuguda was cheered by the entire region. The NROs, living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had celebrated the opening of the airport in front of Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the World).
According to a member of the delegation Capt. Soumya Ranjan Patnaik – Director & CEO, International Shipping & Logistics FZE (A Tata Group Company), Dubai the real fillip to the development of the region will happen when the airport starts its operations and direct air connectivity with major metros like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata are established.
Another member of the delegation Priyadarshee Panigrahi – General Manager, Wipro Unza Middle East Limited (A Wipro Group Company), Dubai said ‘Bhubaneswar has about 11 daily direct flights from Delhi and about 4 daily direct flights from Mumbai. Initially, to ensure viability of flight services, some of these direct flights can be made hopping flights (with a stopover at Jharsuguda), for some days of the week’.
The Chief Minister gave the delegation a patient hearing. His office said that the State Government has strongly recommended to the Government of India to ensure direct air connectivity to Jharsuguda airport by making the Air India flight from Delhi to Bhubaneswar operate via Jharsuguda. Official sources at the Chief Minister’s office also said that the State Government had offered to subsidise such flights so that the impetus to start such operations is provided by it.