Bhubaneswar: The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the renaming of Jharsuguda Airport as Veer Surendra Sai Airport.
“Veer Surendra Sai is a well-known freedom fighter of Odisha. Renaming of the Jharsuguda airport in his name will fulfil the long-pending demand of the Odisha Government, which reflects the sentiments of the local public of the respective area,” said a government statement.
It will also be a befitting tribute to the contribution of the revered personality associated with the State, it said.
“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.
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday had requested to issue a notification to rename Jharsuguda airport as Veer Surendra Sai Airport.
During the inauguration of the airport on September 22, PM Modi had announced that the airport would be named after Veer Surendra Sai as a befitting tribute to the freedom fighter.