Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Feb 15:
The Odisha government has requested the Airport Authority of India (AAI) to declare the Biju Patnaik International airport as the embarkation point for the Hajis of the state as soon as the operation of international flights starts.
Kolkata Airport has been the embarkation point for the Hajis from Odisha all this while.
“The Hajis as well their relatives from Odisha have to go to Kolkatta to see off and receive the Hajis. This is not only expensive but involves all kinds of hassles. We have requested the AAI that immediate steps may be taken to declare Biju Patnaik Airport as embarkation point for the Hajis of the state as soon as the operation of international flights starts,” said a senior official of General Administration department.
He also informed that a letter has been forwarded to the chairman, AAI in this regard for necessary action at his end.
Haj embarkation point is a space at airports, where the pilgrims of the respective states report for the completion of their travel formalities and board the outbound Haj charter flights.
It may be mentioned here that Gaya airport and Ranchi airport have already been declared embarkation points for the Hajis of Bihar and Jharkhand respectively.