The state commerce and transport division has written to the Ministry of Civil Aviation to ask the AAI to situation the NOC for the positioning and supply in-principle clearance to place the Dakota Plane on the chosen land, which is positioned close to the entry level of the Biju Patnaik Worldwide Airport and near the Airport police station and administrative constructing of the BPI Airport director.
The previous and deserted Dakota DC-3 Plane bearing registration No. W-AUl belonged to erstwhile Kalinga Airlines, which was based by former chief minister Biju Patnaik. The Plane has been mendacity within the distant a part of the operational space of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Worldwide (NSCBI) Airport in Kolkata. Patnaik had used the Plane to rescue the previous Indonesian Vice President Md. Hatta and former Prime Minister Sutan Sjahrir. Late Biju Patnaik was awarded the title of ‘Bhumi Putra’ by the Indonesian authorities for his valour.
“In some latest conferences, it was already determined to shift the Dakota Plane to Bhubaneswar and show it at a distinguished location close by Biju Patnaik Worldwide Airport as a befitting tribute to the legendary late Biju Patnaik. Throughout a joint go to in February this yr by the state authorities and AAI officers to the BPI Airport, a website measuring 2.5 acres of the AAI was discovered appropriate for positioning of the Dakota Plane,” learn state commerce and transport secretary Madhu Sudan Padhi’s letter to the civil aviation ministry’s secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola on July 8.
Padhi requested Kharola to impress upon the AAI headquarter in Delhi for issuance of the NOC and supply clearance to place the Dakota Plane on the chosen website.
On December 13, 2017, the AAI had written to the state authorities and given the proposal to obtain the Plane from Kolkata. The AAI had additionally supplied all help and assist to the federal government in procuring the Plane. The state authorities wrote to the AAI on January 22, 2020, expressing its willingness to carry the Plane to Bhubaneswar and show it close to Biju Patnaik’s statue on the BPI Airport.