Sunday, April 11, 2021

Nitish reviews Darbhanga airport development, assures more amenities soon

Patna: The number of flights from Darbhanga airport would be increased and more passenger amenities would be provided soon, chief minister Nitish Kumar announced on Saturday.

A presentation was made before the CM on the development of Darbhanga airport. Nitish said the airport would be named after the legendary Maithili poet Vidyapati and a resolution to this effect has been unanimously passed by the state assembly.

The CM said the airport whose foundation was laid in 2018 has come as a boon for the Mithilanchal region and other parts of Bihar neighbouring areas. He asked officials to hold talks with the officials of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) to develop the Darbhanga airport because it was important for the people of north Bihar and adjoining areas.

Nitish also stressed the need for raising the height of the boundary wall of the airport. Among those who attended the meeting included water resources development minister Sanjay Jha, CM’s principal secretaries Dipak Kumar and Chanchal Kumar, cabinet additional chief secretary Sanjay Kumar and other officials while Patna airport director Bhupesh CH Negi and Darbhanga DM Thiyagrajan SM joined through video conferencing.

Earlier in March, the ministry of civil aviation had urged the Bihar CM for his intervention in land acquisition for the development of the new and bigger civil enclave. The AAI asked the state government to provide 78-acres on the southern side of the runway, which was earmarked by them in February.

11/04/21 Faryal Rumi/Times of India

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