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Hardeep S Puri to visit Darbhanga and Deoghar Airports for review
New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri will visit Bihar and Jharkhand for review of Darbhanga and Deoghar airports respectively on September 12, 2020. Airports Authority of India is developing these airports and the ministry stated today that both the airports will be ready for civil operations “soon”.
In Darbhanga, where the airport belongs to the IAF, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is developing the civil enclave for commencement of civil flight operations for Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru under Regional Connectivity Scheme. The ministry said that construction of the Interim Terminal Building of airport with an area of 1400 sq.m. was 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 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,” it said.
It may be mentioned that the in Darbhanga land was handed over to AAI for development of the interim civil enclave which includes construction of Pre-fab terminal building along with associated facilities car park, connecting road network, strengthening of runway and dispersal area to cater to the intended aircraft and construction of a link taxi track at the cost of Rs. 92 Crore. The Foundation for the Interim Civil Enclave at Darbhanga was on December 24, 2018.
The 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 ministry stated. 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 had laid the foundation stone for the development of Deoghar Airport through a video link from an event in Sindri, Jharkhand on May 25, 2018. Deoghar Airport is the second airport in Jharkhand after Ranchi.
– globalbihari burea