Include BBSR as "Visa on Arrival" station: CM urgues Sushma
Include BBSR as "Visa on Arrival" station: CM urgues Sushma
The Chief Minister made the requests in separate letters to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Civil Aviation Minister A Gajapathi Raju
27 May, 2017, 10:21
"The state government is providing viability gap funding to the global carrier for its operations", Patnaik said in his letter to Swaraj. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik has also moved the Centre to let the Biju Patnaik airport grant "visa on arrival".
In the letter, Patnaik stated that the number of foreign arrivals is significantly increasing following the worldwide connectivity with Air Asia. There has been a good response to this worldwide connectivity with Indian citizens travelling overseas through Bhubaneswar.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday requested the union government to provide Visa on Arrival facility and a halt here for Air India's Colombo-Varanasi flight to increase the tourist footfall in the state.
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The chief minister said the "visa on arrival" facility would encourage people from countries connected by the recently launched global connectivity (Malaysia) to visit Odisha.
"Since we have already established worldwide connectivity, we must have the visa on Arrival facility at the city airport".
"However, as there is no direct air connectivity, Sri Lankan tourist find it hard to visit Odisha", he said.
In his letter to Raju, the Chief Minister said launching of Air India flight from Colombo to Varanasi recently would be useful in promotion of heritage tourism and in increasing the traffic from Sri Lanka into India.
In a separate letter to Raju, the Chief Minister said Bhubaneswar may be included as a stop for the Colombo-Varanasi flight. The chief minister in the letter mentioned that tour operators, academicians and monks from Sri Lanka had expressed eagerness to visit Odisha to explore the Buddhist heritage sites during the recent global Buddhist conclave and other different forums. Emperor Ashoka converted to Buddhism and spread the message across the world from Odisha.
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