Updated: October 20, 2021 5:00:11 am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Kushinagar International Airport on Tuesday with the arrival of around 100 Buddhist monks from Colombo in Sri Lanka, and lay the foundation stone of different development projects at a public event here.
Built at a cost of Rs 260 crore and spread over 3,600 sqm, the airport is crucial for religious tourism as Kushinagar, where Lord Budha attained ‘Mahaparinirvana’, is one of the four prominent Buddhist circuits. The airport will also serve nearby districts of Uttar Pradesh as well as Bihar.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday said the airport would bring employment and tourism opportunities in East Uttar Pradesh.
“The airport will bring immense employment and tourism opportunities and Kushinagar is eager to welcome Sri Lankan delegates and PM Modi on Wednesday. We will be able to send the message of international friendship and compassion to Lord Buddha, all over the world.” he said.
The inaugural flight will also bring Buddha relics for an exposition. The delegation from Sri Lanka would comprise Anunayakas (deputy heads) of all four Nikatas (orders) of Buddhism in Sri Lanka— Asgiriya, Amarapura, Ramanya, Malwatta — as well as five ministers of the Sri Lanka government led by Namal Rajapakshe.
The airport has been equipped to handle 300 passengers during peak hours. It will provide direct air connectivity to countries such as Sri Lanka, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Singapore.
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