The Kushinagar International Airport has been built at an estimated cost of Rs 260 crore, and it will boost investment to create job opportunities in the region.
- Wednesday’s inauguration event will be attended by UP Governor Anandiben Patel, CM Yogi Adityanath, civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya among others.
- The airport will facilitate domestic and international pilgrims to visit the MahaparinirvanaSthal of Lord Buddha.
- PM Modi will lay the foundation stone of Rajkiya Medical College, Kushinagar which will be built at a cost of over Rs 280 crore.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Kushinagar International Airport in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday (October 20). It is important to note that after Lucknow and Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh is all set to get its third international airport today, and the new airport will facilitate air travel requirements of Buddhist pilgrims in India. The PM will also participate in an event marking Abhidhamma Day at Mahaparinirvana Temple.
The inaugural flight will land at the airport from Colombo, Sri Lanka carrying over 100 dignitaries and Buddhist monks, highlighting the ease to Buddhists across the world to visit the MahaparinirvanaSthal of Lord Buddha.
Built at an estimated cost of Rs 260 crore, the Kushinagar International Airport will facilitate domestic and international pilgrims to visit the MahaparinirvanaSthal of Lord Buddha and is an endeavour in connecting the Buddhist pilgrimage holy sites around the world. The airport will serve nearby districts of Uttar Pradesh and north Bihar and is an important step in boosting the investment and employment opportunities in the region.
Worth mentioning here is that Kushinagar is an International Buddhist Pilgrimage Centre, where Lord Gautam Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana. With the opening of Kushinagar Airport, the inflow of international tourists and outbound tourism are likely to surge by 15 to 20 per cent in the near future due to its strategic location near Buddhist sites.
As per the available data, Kushinagar received around 8.98 lakh, 9.3 lakh, 9.7 lakh and 10.96 lakh tourists in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively. Also, the new airport will help to boost trade and tourism in the area. The new airport will have direct air connectivity to several Southeast Asian countries, including Sri Lanka, Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam.
The Kushinagar airport is spread over an area of 590 acres and has world-class facilities. The new terminal is equipped to handle 300 passengers during peak hours. Kushinagar is the centre point of the Buddhist circuit, which consists of pilgrimage sites at Lumbini, Sarnath and Gaya. The airport will help in attracting more followers of Buddhism from home and abroad to Kushinagar and will enhance the development of Buddhist theme-based circuit, according to a release by the Prime Minister’s Office.
Wednesday’s inauguration event will be attended by Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya among others. Earlier, Yogi Adityanath held a review meeting regarding the arrangements for the opening ceremony of the international airport in Kushinagar district.
The PM will visit the Mahaparinirvana temple, offer Archana and Chivar to the reclining statue of Lord Buddha and also plant a Bodhi tree sapling. PM Modi will participate in an event, organised to mark Abhidhamma Day. The day symbolises the end of a three-month rainy retreat—Varshavaas or Vassa –for the Buddhist monks, during which they stay at one place in the monastery and pray.
PM Modi will lay the foundation stone of Rajkiya Medical College, Kushinagar which will be built at a cost of over Rs 280 crore. The medical college will have a 500-bed hospital and provide admissions to 100 students in MBBS course in academic session 2022-2023. Also, he will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of 12 development projects worth over Rs 180 crore.