Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Darbhanga airport to be ready soon

Patna: Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri has announced that the civil enclave at Darbhanga airport would be ready by October, following which commercial flights to Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangalore will start under the Centre’s UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme.
“Work on Darbhanga airport was on in full swing till it had to be temporarily halted due to the lockdown necessitated by our fight against COVID- 19. A request has been made to @IAF_MCC to allow the work to restart. Once we begin, all works should be over by October 2020 (sic),” Puri tweeted in response to twitter users from Bihar trending #DarbhangaAirport on Monday, demanding the start of commercial flights from the city.
The ministry of civil aviation has requested the Indian Air Force (IAF) to allow the recommencement of construction work of civil enclave at Darbhanga airbase. “An interim civil enclave is being developed by @AAI_Official on land leased by IAF. This includes a terminal building with capacity to handle 150 passengers which is 95% complete. Work to strengthen present IAF apron for two aircraft of Airbus category is also 50% complete (sic),” the civil aviation minister further posted on Twitter.

More than 71k people used the hashtag since May 10 asking for the progress of the construction work of Darbhanga airport and its flight operations.

Deepak Jha, a civil engineer from Darbhanga, tweeted: “I think @AAI_Official have to weekly update progress report of the project on public domain with actual data. So, everyone is aware that in which time it's going to be operational (sic).” A stand-up comedian Shambhu Shikhar wrote, “I will migrate back to my home, in Bihar, once the Darbhanga Airport is fully functional.”
13/05/20 Faryal Rumi/Times of India
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