Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has requested the Union Civil Aviation Minister A Gajapati Raju to declare the Biju Patnaik International Airport as the embarkation point for the Haj pilgrims of Odisha from this year. In a letter to the Union Minister, Mr Patnaik said

this year more than 600 pilgrims from Odisha are expected to undertake pilgrim and it would help them if the journey could be done directly from Bhubaneswar. The Chief Minister said the Haj pilgrims of Odisha were using the Kolkata airport route for the journey.

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