Govt plans airport at Deoghar
India’s Civil Aviation Ministry is planning to air link holy town of Deoghar in Jharkhand by 2014. It will be developed on the lines of one constructed in tourist town of Bodh Gaya in Bihar. The Centre has of late in principle agreed to launch the process of acquiring land for the purpose. It will be the second airport in the State after Ranchi which will be developed by the Ministry.
The pilgrim city Deoghar has been included among the 31 towns where the Centre has proposed to develop new airports or strengthen existing ones. The city on an average receives about one crore tourists from across the globe every year.
Officials of the Airport Authority have visited the town a couple of months ago and inspected the sites for proposed airport. The district administration has identified 200 acre land in Kunda area of the town. However, the authority officials have suggested relocating the spot to reduce the cost of construction.
The Civil Aviation Ministry has allocated Rs 5 lakh in the outcome budget tabled in Parliament recently as initiation amount to start the process for identification of suitable land in Deoghar. Godda MP Nishikant Dubey, who has been spearheading the drive to develop the town’s infrastructure, said that the district administration had been told to suggest another portion of land for the purpose.
In the outcome Budget for the fiscal 2011-12, the Centre has allocated Rs 34.50 crore for upgradation of Birsa Munda airport at Ranchi as well. A new terminal building is coming up at Ranchi airport to cater to the increasing load of the fliers. The ongoing renovation of the Birsa Munda airport is likely to be completed by this year end.