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Naveen wants Bhubaneswar on Air India's Varanasi-Colombo route

Odisha CM feels the step will contribute to promoting Buddhist tourism and boost tourist footfalls

BS Reporter  |  Bhubaneswar 

Naveen wants Bhubaneswar on Air India's Varanasi-Colombo route

Chief minister has pitched for including in Air India's Varanasi-circuit. The step, Patnaik, feels would contribute to promoting and boost tourist footfalls.

In a letter to civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, he said, "In the recently held International Buddhist Conclave and other discussions in different forums, the tour operators, academicians and revered monks from Sri Lanka have expresses strong desire to come to Odisha to explore the Buddhist heritage sites. However, as there is no direct connectivity, Sri Lankan tourists find it difficult to visit Odisha."

Inclusion of Bhubanewar as a stop in the Varanasi-route can help meet this unmet demand.

He hailed Air India's flight from Varanasi to as a welcome development, saying it will be useful in promotion of heritage tourism and in increasing the traffic from Sri Lanka to India.

Separately, in a communication to the external affairs ministry, Patnaik has urged for including as a 'Visa on Arrival' station. The Odisha government is asking for this facility as AirAsia has started direct international flights connecting with Kuala Lumpur. Odisha has seen sizeable number of foreign tourist arrivals after this direct flight operations.

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