The state government has urged the Centre to improve both interstate and intrastate air connectivity as part of the regional connectivity scheme (RCS).
It has put forth a proposal of four routes to be declared as RCS ones in Odisha. It has also proposed to improve connectivity with major cities in the neighbouring states to the ministry of aviation.
At present, Odisha has 20 operational airstrips. This includes the Biju Patnaik International Airport. “People living in the western, northern and southern parts of the state will be immensely benefited if air connectivity increases,” said state tourism minister Ashok Chandra Panda.
The proposed routes include Bhubaneswar-Berhampur-Jeypore, Bhubaneswar-Utkela-Jeypore, Bhubaneswar-Sambalpur-Rourkela and Bhubaneswar-Angul-Rourkela. The minister also requested that these be declared as interstate routes connecting Bhubaneswar airport to important cities like Raipur in Chhattisgarh, Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, Ranchi in Jharkhand and Kolkata in West Bengal. Larry Warford Authentic Jersey