Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 20, 2021, will inaugurate Uttar Pradesh’s third international airport, namely Kushinagar International Airport. In June 2020, the Union Cabinet had approved the declaration of Kushinagar Airport in Uttar Pradesh as an international airport.
On the occasion, the PM will be joined by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, and Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Jyotiraditya Scindia among several others.
Kushinagar Airport: Better connectivity
Kushinagar is located in the north-eastern part of Uttar Pradesh about 50 km east of Gorakhpur and is one of the important Buddhist pilgrimage sites.
The Kushinagar International Airport, located in the vicinity of several Buddhist cultural sites such as Sravasti, Kapilvastu, Lumbini will offer improved connectivity, a wider choice of competitive costs to the air-travelers. It has been built at an estimated cost of Rs. 260 crore. The new terminal is equipped to handle 300 passengers during the peak hours.
The airport will facilitate domestic & international pilgrims to visit the Mahaparinirvana sthal of Lord Buddha and is an endeavor in connecting the Buddhist pilgrimage holy sites around the world.
According to the Government of UP, the international airport will directly connect Sri Lanka, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, and other Southeast Asian countries.
Enhancing economic activities
In addition to better connectivity, the airport will also help in boosting domestic and international tourism. This would further foster economic development in the related regions, which also includes livelihood opportunities for people. The airport will serve nearby districts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and is an important step in boosting the investment & employment opportunities in the region.
Furthermore, tourism inflow is expected to rise by up to 20% with the inauguration of the flight and will have a multiplier effect on the hospitality industry by promoting hotel business, tourism agencies, restaurants, etc.
To begin flight services
On October 20, the airport will also witness the arrival of its first international flight. The inaugural flight will land at the airport from Colombo, Sri Lanka carrying 125 dignitaries and Buddhist Monks, highlighting the convenience to Buddhists across the world to visit the MahaparinirvanaSthal of Lord Buddha.
Abhidhamma Day at Mahaparinirvana Temple
PM Narendra Modi will be visiting the Mahaparinirvana temple to offer his prayers and Chivar to the reclining statue of Lord Buddha. He will also plant a Bodhi tree sapling during the visit.
Later in the day, PM Modi will participate in an event, organized to mark Abhidhamma Day. The event will be attended by eminent Monks from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, South Korea, Nepal, Bhutan, and Cambodia, and Ambassadors from various countries.
PM Narendra Modi would also walk through the exhibition of paintings of Ajanta frescos, Buddhist Sutra calligraphy, and Buddhist artefacts excavated from Vadnagar and other sites in Gujarat.
Inauguration & laying of foundation stone of development projects
At an event at Barwa Jangal, Kushinagar, PM Modi will lay the foundation stone of Rajkiya Medical College, Kushinagar to be built at a cost of over Rs 280 crore.
The medical college will have a 500-bed hospital. It would also provide admissions to 100 students in the MBBS course in academic session 2022-2023. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of 12 development projects worth over Rs 180 crore during the event.
7 new medical colleges
Soon, the State will also have seven new medical colleges. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be inaugurating the seven medical colleges on October 25, 2021.
The medical colleges will be inaugurated in different districts o