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Airports Authority Clears The Air On Odisha CM’s Flying Time

Bhubaneswar: 16/10/20: A day after some sections of media raised questions on Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s flying time during an aerial survey of flood-affected areas in the State on August 31, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) today clarified that Patnaik flew for 19 minutes during the aerial survey.

In a statement, the AAI said the Chief Minister’s flight departed from the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar at 3:42 PM on August 31 and landed back at the airport at 4:01 PM. “All the timings given with respect to flight movements are UTC only,” the statement added.

The actual flying time excludes warmup time, startup time at apron, and taxi time to runway and returns to apron after landing, the AAI further said.

“As per our SOP for the handling of VVIP flights, VVIP means President, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Foreign Heads of State/Govt,” the statement added.

Yesterday some sections of media ran stories questioning the authenticity of flood assessment done by the Chief Minister during the aerial survey on August 31. They cited a RTI disclosure provided by the Office of Airport Director, Bhubaneswar on October 7 as the evidence alleging that the CM took an aerial survey for short duration and moreover, the flood assessment was not proper.

About Ashok Palit

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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