Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik urges Centre for More international Flights From Bhubaneswar

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Bhubaneswar, Orissa. For Archive. Date:24/12/2010. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is at a function in Bhubaneswar. Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik invites Civil Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri to visit Odisha along with CEOs of major airlines so that the State govt can present in-detail potential of the state and explain the viability of #Bhubaneswar as a favoured international destination.

In a letter addressed to Union Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday, the Patnaik wrote: “Odisha has made a tremendous stride in the last few years in terms of steady growth of aviation traffic. Bhubaneswar and now Jharsuguda has been added to the aviation map of the country. While domestic flight connectivity has seen a noticeable improvement, there is still scope to increase international connectivity”.

Presently, only one direct flight is operational for the international route. Apart from this, some international destinations are covered either through Delhi/Kolkata hub. This is quite inadequate in catering to an aspirational class, Naveen mentioned.

“There is a sizeable Odia diaspora, where the immensely talented young population has been engaged in frontier areas of technology like information-technology, avionics, manufacturing, and services. The intellectual capital from the state is gainfully employed in countries like the United States of America and Europe,” Naveen said and added that there are substantial populations of Odia workmen who are working in many of the Middle-East countries.

“Today, because of easy mobility and global inter-connectedness, Odias have fanned out to different parts of the world in search of employment. In fact, given the innate talent, immense capacity and trust-worthiness, there will be an increased demand for man-power from the state.”We have been successfully running ‘Skilled in Odisha’ module, which will provide an impetus to the employers from abroad to seek qualified and talented skilled professionals from the state. Also, the rising prosperity of the State and the emergence of a sizeable middle-class has resulted in overseas travel for this section. Therefore, the introduction of international flights from Bhubaneswar will provide convenience and comfort to people of the State,” the Chief Minister stated.

The Chief Minister’s letter further mentioned that Odisha has developed as a popular tourist destination today and offers India’s finest eco-tourism hotspots such as Chilika Lagoon, Simlipal, Bhitarakanika, Satkosia, to name a few and vast swathes of virgin beaches. The State is also having rich Buddhist Heritage.

“We are already part of the International Buddhist circuit. We are coming up with many such innovative products, which I am sure will be lapped up by the international tourists and tour operators. We are expecting early Regional Connectivity under UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) to two airstrips, Jeypore and Rourkela, which is one of the places hosting the World Cup Hockey matches in 2023,” Patnaik said.

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