Written by Amani Nilar
20 Oct, 2021 | 10:32 am
COLOMBO (News 1st); Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi today inaugurated the Kushinagar International Airport in Uttar Pradesh.
The inauguration was marked by the landing of an inaugural flight at the airport from Colombo carrying a Sri Lankan delegation of over 100 Buddhist monks and dignitaries, including a 12-member holy relic entourage.
The inaugural flight also brought Sacred Kapilavastu relics of Waskaduwa for an exposition.
The Prime Minister of India will also lay the foundation stone of different development projects at a public event in Uttar Pradesh.
Built at a cost of Rs 260 crore and spread over 3,600 square meters, the airport is as crucial for religious tourism as Kushinagar, where Lord Buddha attained ‘Mahaparinibbana’. It is also one of the four prominent Buddhist circuits.
The airport will also serve nearby districts of Uttar Pradesh as well as Bihar.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said the airport would bring employment and tourism opportunities in eastern Uttar Pradesh.
The airport has been equipped to handle 300 passengers during peak hours. It will provide direct air connectivity to countries such as Sri Lanka, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Singapore.
It is also recognized as an international Buddhist pilgrimage center, the center point of the Buddhist circuit, which consists of other sites such as Lumbini, Sarnath and Gaya.
Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia were also present at the inauguration ceremony.
Tourism inflow is expected to rise by up to 20 per cent with the inauguration of the Airport.
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