Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to build ‘Sri Jagannath International Airport’ in Puri in the name of Lord Jagannath.
In a letter written to the Prime Minister in this regard, Mr. Patnaik said that the state government has seen the land for the airport. The state government will give full support and support in all the work required for the airport to be built in Puri in record time.
He urged Shri Modi to ask the Ministry of Civil Aviation to start this work on priority basis.
He said that this holy city of Hindu religion Lord Jagannath is one of the four dhams. Hindus from all over the world visit the Sri Jagannath Temple in Puri. The Sun Temple of Konark, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is just 35 km from Puri. National and international tourists get a unique experience of the nearby Ramchandi-Chandrabhaga Beach.
He said that Puri is connected on one side to Chilika Lake (India’s first Ramsar site and UNESCO World Heritage Site) and on the other side Bhitarkanika National Park. Both places have a lot of potential for international eco-tourism. Puri beach has recently transformed into Blue Flag beach.
The Chief Minister said that historical Buddhist heritage like Dhauli, Ratnagiri, adjoining Puri attract Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world. Mr. Patnaik said, “We believe that Puri has the potential to become a hub for spiritual, economic and tourism. The famous annual Rath Yatra of Puri attracts millions of devotees from all over the world. Rath Yatra is also celebrated in 192 countries. The proposed airport will help bring Jagannath devotees from all over the world to Puri. Also, it will also help in promoting Jagannath culture across the world. ”