Odisha’s Jharsuguda Airport to be renamed as Veer Surendra Sai Airport

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved renaming of Jharsuguda Airport, Odisha as “Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda”.

Veer Surendra Sai is a well-known freedom fighter of Odisha. Renaming of the Jharsuguda airport in his name will fulfill long-pending demand of the Odisha Government, which reflects the sentiments of the local public of the respective area. It will also be a befitting tribute to the contribution of the revered personality associated with the State.

Jharsuguda airport was formally dedicated to the nation by Modi on September 22. During the inauguration of the airport, the Prime Minister had announced that the airport would be named after Veer Surendra Sai as a befitting tribute to the freedom fighter. “I thank Hon PM Shri @narendramodi Ji for giving approval on the renaming of newly built #JharsugudaAirports as Veer Surendra Sai Airport. It’s now named after well-known freedom fighter & Son of Soil,” tweeted Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had requested the Centre to immediately bring out a notification naming Jharsuguda airport after Veer Surendra Sai. He also requested the Prime Minister 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 Odisha and neighbouring states through any airlines.