ONI Bureau: The Odisha Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution unanimously to name the newly-constructed Jharsuguda airport after noted freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the airport on September 22.
Earlier, the Civil Aviation Ministry in July had denied naming the airport after the freedom fighter citing the absence of a state assembly resolution on this.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on September 12 had written a letter to Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu reiterating the request to name the Jharsuguda airport after Veer Surendra Sai.
He also suggested that one of the Air India flights from Bhubaneswar to Delhi may be routed through Jharsuguda.
Meanwhile, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of chief secretary A.P. Padhi for the smooth visit of the Prime Minister, who will inaugurate the airport and lay the foundation stone for Talcher fertilizer plant.
He will also hold two public meetings at Talcher and Jharsuguda on the same day, said sources. (IANS)