Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Upgrade airport in Agra as international facility: Marchers to govt

Agra: A march was organised by some civil society groups here on Tuesday to demand upgradation of the airport in Kheria as an international facility and increase in air connectivity with major cities of India.

Hundreds of people marched from Shahid Bhagat Singh Hostel to Shahid Smarak in the city with placards. They raised slogans to remind the Modi government of its election promise of an international airport in Agra in Uttar Pradesh.

Anil Sharma, convener of the Civil Aviation Society, told , "For years we have been running this campaign but the union government has not yet responded to it. Smaller towns have got air connectivity under the UDAN scheme but Agra's case continues to be ignored. The city's Kheria airport needs to be upgraded as an international airport and flights from major destinations started."

Social activist Rajeev Saxena said Agra is the most important tourist centre of India and receives lakhs of foreign tourists annually. "As there is no air connectivity, foreign visitors have to first land in New Delhi and then come to Agra by road. This really makes no sense. The tourists hardly have the time to see other monuments after a visit to the Taj Mahal, since they have to rush back to New Delhi."
02/10/18 Outlook

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