Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated the Kushinagar International Airport in Uttar Pradesh.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated the Kushinagar International Airport in Uttar Pradesh. The airport is intended to promote tourism on the Buddhist circuit, as the ancient city of Kushinagar is the final resting place of Gautama Buddha, where he attained Mahaparinirvana after his death.
Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other dignitaries were also present at the function. The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister gave its approval to declare Kushinagar airport in Uttar Pradesh as an international airport in June 2020.
Kushinagar airport is located in the vicinity of several Buddhist cultural sites like Shravasti, Kapilvastu, Lumbini (Kushinagar is a Buddhist cultural site in itself) and declared as “International Airport” to provide air travelers with a wide choice of better connectivity, competitive cost. Will do . This will boost domestic/international tourism and economic development of the regions.
Kushinagar is located about 50 km east of Gorakhpur in the north-eastern part of Uttar Pradesh and is one of the important Buddhist pilgrimage sites. The inauguration of Kushinagar International Airport will be marked by the landing of the inaugural flight at the airport from Colombo. , Sri Lanka, carrying a Sri Lankan delegation of over one hundred Buddhist monks and dignitaries, including a 12-member Holy Relic team, is bringing the sacred Buddha relics on display.
The delegation also includes the Anunayakas (Deputy Heads) of all the four Nikats (Orders) of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, i.e. Asgiriya, Amarapura, Ramana, Malavatta as well as five Ministers of the Government of Sri Lanka led by Cabinet Minister Namal Rajapaksa.
The Kushinagar International Airport has been constructed at an estimated cost of around Rs 3 crore. 260 crores. It will facilitate domestic and international pilgrims to visit the Mahaparinirvana site of Lord Buddha and is an effort to connect Buddhist pilgrimage sites across the world. The airport will serve adjoining districts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and is an important step to boost investment and employment opportunities in the region.
First published:October 20, 2021, 10:45 am