Jharsuguda: Demanding regular flight operation at the newly inaugurated Veer Surendra Sai (VSS) Airport in Jharsuguda, local MLA Naba Das, along with his supporters, today sat on a dharna in front of the Airport.
Das rued that the airport has no regular schedule for operation of flights. Besides, there has been no commercial flight operations since the inauguration of the airport, he said.
"We had extended our support during the inauguration of the airport by Prime Minister Narendra Modi cutting across party lines thinking that at least some developmental work was going to happen in the district. However, the people of Jharsuguda and the State have been cheated," the Congress MLA alleged.
He further said that on behalf of the people, the dharna would be continued for two days. "Later, we will meet PM Modi and remind him about his promise about bearing the expenses of commercial flight operations from the airport. We will also approach the civil aviation ministry with the demands," the legislator added.
PM Modi had on September 22 inaugurated the airport at Jharsuguda under the UDAN scheme. The airport is being expected to play a significant role in the development of western Odisha giving impetus to the growing tourism industry in the region.