Sunil Kr. Sharma (Special Correspondents)
New Delhi: Airports Authority of India, in collaboration with the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and State Government is developing the Deoghar Airport in Jharkhand. The development of airport with project cost of Rs. 401.34 Croreis underway and will be completed very soon
The airport will spread across 653.75 acres of land and its Terminal Building is being built in an area of 4000sq meter. With a 2500-meter-long runway, the airport will be suitable for operation of Air Bus 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 Shikharsof 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 airportwill give an impetus to local tourism and will generate employment as 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.
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India laid the Foundation Stone of the development of Deoghar Airport through a video link from an event in Sindri, Jharkhand on 25th May, 2018.