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Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the Veer Surendra Sai Airport to the nation

Jharsuguda:22/9/18: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today dedicated the much-awaited Jharsuguda Airport to the nation in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Governor Professor Ganeshi Lal and other Union Ministers.

Modi named the airport after freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai, which was a long-standing demand of the state government. The PM made announcement about naming the airport after the freedom fighter during the inaugural function.


This airport will bring western Odisha on the aviation map of India and facilitate regional air connectivity through the UDAN scheme.

Speaking on the occasion, Modi said, “Earlier, Odisha had one airport that is Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA), Bhubaneswar. Although there was delay, finally the second airport has been inaugurated.”


On the occasion, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urged the PM to launch regular fight operations from Jharsuguda Airport. “Starting with, Air India should launch regular operation from the airport. If any seat remains vacant, the state government will bear the cost of vacant seats for one year,” CM stated on the occasion.

In addition, Patnaik also urged the PM to increase the coal royalty in the state.

Notably, Odisha government has sanctioned 120 acres of land free of cost and Rs 75 crore from the state funds apart from water and electricity at its own cost to make the Jharsuguda Airport a reality.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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