15 December 2018
Bhubaneswar: In order to facilitate the stay of Odia people living in Surat and providing greater connectivity, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has today sought introduction of new trains and direct flight services to Surat along with land for establishment of Community Centre there.
In a letter to Union Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal, Patnaik requested him to consider introduction of two new daily trains between Berhampur and Surat as there is no direct train service connecting the two cities.
The Chief Minister informed that a large population of about 7 lakh people from Odisha are residing in the city of Surat. Most of them hail from South Odisha especially Ganjam district. They are mainly engaged in powerlooms, dyeing and printing, diamond cutting and other spheres of trade and commerce.
"There are some trains originating and terminating at other destinations of Odisha and Gujarat. However, these train services are not only inconvenient but also inadequate to cater to the requirement of people from Odisha residing in Surat. I would, therefore, once again request you to kindly look into the genuine demand of the people of South Odisha residing in Surat and consider introduction of two new daily trains between Berhampur and Surat at the earliest," stated Patnaik.
Likewise, in a letter to Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Patnaik requested him to impress upon Air India and other private Airlines to introduce direct flights between Bhubaneswar and Surat at the earliest.
Patnaik informed that, a large number of Odia people have settled in Surat and are engaged in various spheres of trade, commerce and industry. At present, there is no direct air connectivity between Bhubaneswar and Surat. As a result, people from Odisha living in Surat face lot of difficulties in reaching Odisha at the time of urgent necessity.
"Air connectivity between Bhubaneswar and Surat will not only cater to the requirement of the people from Odisha residing in Surat but would also increase the tourist inflow to both the places," he added.
Further, the Odisha CM in a letter to his Gujarat counterpart, Vijay Rupani, has requested to provide one acre of land at a suitable place in Surat to establish a Community Centre.
"Government of Odisha is planning to establish a Community Centre in the city of Surat to meet the requirements of Odia Community for their social celebrations. The proposed complex shall also serve as a nerve centre of cultural exchange between Odisha and Gujarat," stated Patnaik.