Approval was also given for renaming of Odisha’s Jharsuguda Airport, as “Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda”.

The Cabinet on Thursday approved renaming Jharsuguda aerodrome in Odisha as ‘Veer Surendra Sai Airport’, according to an official release. 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,” the release said.

The renaming of the airport as ‘Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda’ was cleared by the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it added.

PM Modi inaugurated the airport on September 22.

The airport has been developed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) in collaboration with Odisha government at an estimated cost of Rs 210 crore, with Rs 75 crore contribution from the state

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