Darbhanga airport: nearly 5 lakh air travelers take UDAN flights
Nearly half a million passengers have taken advantage of the Modi government’s regional air connectivity program – Udan – since its flights launched on November 8 from Darbhanga airport, data compiled by the Airport Authority revealed. Indian.
Despite the lack of adequate amenities, Darbhanga Airport is increasingly busy. On Friday, the airport welcomed 2,240 passengers aboard 14 flights. The total number of passengers traveled to and from Darbhanga Airport to date since the launch of flight operations here is 4,91,199. Likewise, no less than 3,402 flights have been operated since its inception with the flight. inaugural on the Bengaluru-Darbhanga road.
Darbhanga Airport is connected to the areas of Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmadabad, Hyderabad, Kolkata and has become the most efficient RCS airport in the country. Low cost airline SpiceJet is the selected airline for the UDAN program. Later, another popular airline, IndiGo, also started flight operations from here a few months ago.
Meanwhile, Shreesh Choudhary, a former professor in the social and human sciences department at IIT Madras, originally from Darbhanga, said that while there is a lack of passenger facilities, there are new opportunities for jobs have been created in northern Bihar, either directly or indirectly. However, there are some little things that need to be changed quickly.
“The passengers are now stopped on the road outside and from there they have to walk about several hundred meters to reach the terminal. This road inside is not even passable, dragging luggage there, bringing wheelchairs for disabled passengers to the terminal, keeping them standing at the door until then could be a terrible experience for the passengers ”, a- he asserted.
It is unfair to stop them on the road itself, obstructing traffic there, he added jokingly, Darbhanga experiences heavy rainfall, a scorching summer and a cold winter which affects sick people and people alike. elderly who also travel by plane for treatment.
When contacted, Darbhanga District Magistrate (DM) Thiyagrajan SM said the district administration was aware of the rapidly developing problems regarding the airport and adjacent areas.
“We also understand the state government’s priorities in this regard.”
The DM informed that the state government has approved a major project to connect the NH-527B directly to a 60-foot-wide gate at the airport to provide access to the current civilian enclave. Work on the new project has already started and construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The measure will avoid the need to enter the civilian enclave through Air Force Gate no. 2. Thus, passengers will no longer have to depend on a long walk to reach the civilian enclave.
The DM also pointed out that, on the personal instruction of the Chief Minister, the work to raise the perimeter wall of the airport for security reasons is about to start in 15 to 20 days. The view cutter will be installed. On the other hand, to eliminate the threat of the blue bull, the state government also sanctioned a plan to erect chain link fences around the track extending up to 10 km. Work on this partition will begin in November for which the tendering process is underway.
The DM affirmed that the issue of land acquisition has been given top priority and that efforts will be made to complete the process as soon as possible.
Earlier this month, the state cabinet gave a budgetary boost to the proposed construction of a permanent terminal for the civil enclave of Darbhanga Airport by giving the green light to spending more than ??336 crore for the acquisition of a land of 78 acres. The land acquired is to be handed over ‘free’ to the IAA for the establishment of a permanent civilian enclave at Darbhanga Airport, which is under the control of the Indian Air Force.