New Delhi: Airports Authority of India (AAI) has said that the Deoghar Airport in Jharkhand will be ready for passengers very soon. The airport is being built by AAI in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and the state government of Jharkhand. The development of the airport with a project cost of Rs 401.34 crore is underway. Deoghar airport will be spread across 653.75 acres of land and its Terminal Building is being built in an area of 4,000 sq meter. With a 2,500-meter-long runway, the airport will be suitable for operation of AirBus 320 type of aircraft. The terminal building will have six check-in counters and two arrival belts with peak hour handling capacity of 200 passengers.
With environment-friendly architectural design and state-of-the-art passenger facilities, the terminal building will be a composite structure inspired by the Shikhars of the Baidyanath Temple. The interiors will depict local tribal arts, handicrafts, and pictures of local tourist destinations highlighting the culture of the region.
Deoghar Airport, the second airport in Jharkhand after Ranchi, a six-hour drive away, is situated on the North-Eastern side of the state and will have a wide catchment area including Northern West Bengal and South-Eastern Bihar. Development of this airport will give an impetus to local tourism and will generate employment as a large part of the local population depends on tourism for its livelihood. The development of Deoghar Airport would also improve the overall economic development of the region.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone of the development of Deoghar Airport through a video link from an event in Sindri, Jharkhand on May 25, 2018.
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