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Big push by Central Government for Air Connectivity to Utar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand

The civil aviation ministry is giving a major push for setting up three greenfield airports in Uttar Pradesh Bihar and Jharkhand. The concerned minister Hardeep Singh Puri has visited Kushinagar the site for a greenfield airport in Uttar Pradesh recently as part of the government's overall developmental plans to boost air travel to the Hindi heartland.

An international airport is being planned to be set up at Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh bordering Nepal.

The Minister will be visiting Darbhanga in North Bihar and Deoghar in Jharkhand on September 12. The airport authority of India has spent government funds to develop these airports. Flights will start operating from Darbhanga and Deogarh soon.

Darbhanga airport

Airports Authority of India (AAI) is developing the civil enclave at Darbhanga for commencement of civil flight operations for Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru under Regional Connectivity Scheme. Construction of the Interim Terminal Building of airport with an area of 1400 sqm., is complete. The terminal building with six checkā€“in counters will be able to handle 100 passengers in peak hours with all required passenger amenities. The work for strengthening of 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.

Deoghar Airport

Deoghar Airport in Jharkhand is being developed by AAI, in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and State Government. The development of airport with project cost of Rs. 401.34 Crore is underway and will be completed very soon.

The airport will be 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 operation of Air Bus 320 type of aircraft.  With environment-friendly architectural design and state-of-the-art passenger facilities, the terminal building will be a composite structure inspired by the Shikhars of the Baidyanath Temple.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the development of Deoghar Airport through a video link.

 Deoghar Airport is the second airport in Jharkhand after Ranchi.

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