Friday, August 13, 2021

Bihar: Bhagalpur residents launch campaign for air service

Bhagalpur: Upset over the delay in commencement of air services from Bhagalpur, the denizens have launched a ‘Twitter abhiyaan’ (campaign) -- #Bhagalpur Wants Greenfield Airport -- to draw attention of PM Narendra Modi, civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar besides the Airports Authority of India officials towards their demand. They have also decided to start a postcard abhiyan - ‘Bhagalpur mangey airport’ — as part of sustained demonstration, including hunger strike, march and other means of peaceful protest in support of their demand for commercial flight operations from the Bhagalpur airfield, which was built in 1983.

Gautam Singh, who led the Twitter campaign, said the Bhagalpur airfield has sufficient area and basic infrastructure for initiating commercial flights. Neglect at the central and state government levels besides silence of the people’s representatives resulted in delay in air services from Bhagalpur. He said their protest will continue.

Former president of Eastern Bihar Chamber of Commerce and Industries (EBCCI), Shailendra Kumar Saraf, said private operators had operated small aircraft from the Bhagalpur airfield way back in 1983. However, due to non-viability (low passenger volume) at that time, the air services were withdrawn, he said.

13/08/21 Kumar Rajesh/Times of India

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