Bhubaneswar: The union steel and petroleum minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, has urged the union civil aviation minister Hardeep S Puri to introduce a direct flight between Jharsuguda and Mumbai under UDAN scheme.

Pradhan, in a letter to the union civil aviation minister, has said that there is an urgent need of connecting Jharsuguda with India’s business capital of Mumbai following the huge commercial success of flight operation by SpiceJet from Jharsuguda to New Delhi. The union steel minister in his letter dated November 6, 2019 has stated that there is a strong demand from air passengers for a direct flight on this route.

“The SpiceJet has commenced air operations from Jharsuguda with a direct flight to New Delhi. The route has been a great commercial success and has also massively benefitted the people of western Odisha, who can now fly directly to the national capital. Besides, SpiceJet has also introduced flights to Hyderabad and Kolkata from Jharsuguda which is giving more connectivity for the passengers travelling to northeast and southern part of the country. However, there is a lack of direct air connectivity between western Odisha and India’s commercial capital Mumbai,” wrote Pradhan.

Pradhan requested Puri for his personal intervention in commencement of a direct flight between Jharsuguda and Mumbai at the earliest to benefit people of western Odisha.