Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra today urged the Central government to operationalise Rourkela Airport soon and to enhance flight connectivity to VSS Airport in Jharsuguda as well, ahead of FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023.
The upcoming mega sports event is scheduled to be held at Bhubaneswar and Rourkela from January 13 to January 29, coming year.
Chief Secretary Mahapatra expressed his extreme thankfulness to the Secretary to Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India Rajiv Bansal for the steps being taken at the latter’s end to make the Rourkela Airport operational at the earliest.
Writing a letter to the Civil Aviation Secretary in this regard, the Chief Secretary requested that flight frequency from important cities to Jharsuguda be enhanced, especially, during the month of January, 2023 so as to cater the passenger demand.
“As an alternative to Rourkela Airport, VSS Airport at Jharsuguda is the nearest domestic Airport having connectivity with cities like Kolkata, Raipur, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Bhubaneswar. Further, Jharsuguda city is well connected with Rourkela via road as well as railway. Thus, the access to Rourkela city will be made easier if air connectivity to Jharsuguda is enhanced,” Mahapatra said.
Notably, it is a matter of concern too that Spice Jet has been cancelling scheduled flights from different Metro cities like Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Kolkata, which badly affects the connectivity to the State and to the utmost dissatisfaction of general public at large.