New airports in Bihar, Jharkhand will boost tourism and generate employment
Darbhanga and Deoghar airports are developed under the UDAN scheme of the government of India and will give a big push to the overall economic development of the regions
Union Minister of Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri will visit the states of Bihar and Jharkhand to review the construction of Darbhanga and Deoghar airports respectively on Saturday. The airports are developed by the Airports Authority of India under the Regional connectivity scheme UDAN of the government of India.
With the operationalization of these airports, the air connectivity of the region will be improved. It will further give an impetus to local tourism and generate employment in the region.
The construction of the Interim Terminal Building of Darbhanga airport with an area of 1400 square meters is complete. The terminal building with six check-in counters will be able to handle 100 passengers in peak hours with all required passenger amenities.
The work for the strengthening of the runway for accommodating Boeing 737-800 type of aircraft, construction of new Apron with connecting taxiway and connecting road is in full swing and soon the airport will be ready for civil operations said an official statement by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
The Darbhanga airport belongs to the IAF and land was handed over to AAI for development of the interim civil enclave at the cost of Rs 92 crore.
Deoghar airport in Jharkhand is spread across 653.75 acres of land and its Terminal Building is being built in an area of 4000 sq meter. With a 2500-meter-long runway, the airport will be suitable for the operation of AirBus 320 type of aircraft.
The Deoghar Airport in Jharkhand is developed by AAI in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and the state government. The development of the airport with a project cost of Rs. 401.34 Crore is underway and will be completed very soon, the statement revealed.
Recently, Puri visited Kushinagar airport in Uttar Pradesh and reviewed the progress of the development of the airport, which is also under the UDAN scheme. Similarly, a new civilian enclave is also coming in Kanpur’s Chakeri Airport to handle the growth in passenger traffic.
UDAN is a regional airport development and Regional Connectivity Scheme of the government of India, aimed at making air travel affordable and widespread, to boost inclusive national economic development, job growth, and air transport infrastructure development of all regions and states of India.
Last month, the Ministry of Civil Aviation approved 78 new routes under the 4th round of UDAN further enhancing connectivity to remote and regional areas.