Monday, July 03, 2017

Yogi govt to boost air links to spur Kumbh, Buddhist tourism

Lucknow: The Yogi Adityanath government is working towards ramping up air connectivity in Uttar Pradesh to boost tourism, including religious tourism, over the next two or three years.

The state has identified key centres to set up greenfield airports or upgrade the existing airstrips to handle scheduled and chartered air services. Some of these include Agra, Kanpur, Chakeri, Bareilly, Lalitpur, Jhansi, Faizabad, Meerut, Moradabad, Aligarh, Chitrakoot and Allahabad.

The state government has urged the union civil aviation ministry to expedite the proposal to upgrade the airstrip at Chitrakoot for fueling Buddhist Circuit tourism in the region, that covers parts of Nepal and Bihar as well, apart from surrounding Eastern UP districts.

Under the proposal, the existing airstrip is proposed to be expanded to 2,500 metres to handle international flights, especially originating from South-East Asian countries and Japan.

Yesterday, union civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju had also called upon Yogi to discuss long pending issues related to the expansion of the airports network in the crucial state of UP.

In view of Ardh Kumbh 2019 in Allahabad, Yogi assured the union minister that his dispensation would identify and make available suitable land for the Allahabad airport by September 2017, so that the infrastructure is ready for use much before the Ardh Kumbh congregation, which ranks among the largest faith gatherings in the world.

 02/07/17 Virendra Singh Rawat/Business Standard

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