Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Kushinagar International Airport on Wednesday when he visits Uttar Pradesh. According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the inauguration will be marked by the landing of the inaugural flight at the airport from Colombo, which will include a Sri Lankan delegation of over 100 Buddhist monks and dignitaries, including a 12-member Holy Relic team.
The Prime Minister will also participate in an event organized on the occasion of Abhidhamma Divas at the Mahaparinirvana temple, the PMO said. Later he will attend a public function to inaugurate and lay foundation stones of various development projects in Kushinagar.
Kushinagar is the place where Gautam Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana. It is an international Buddhist pilgrimage center, the focal point of the Buddhist circuit, which includes Lumbini, Sarnath and Gaya among other sites.
Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia will also be present at the inauguration ceremony.
The PMO said the international airport will be operational this week to ease the cumbersome travel of earlier times and to facilitate the air travel requirements of international Buddhist pilgrims to India.
With the inauguration of UDAN, the tourism flow is expected to increase by up to 20 per cent. The Airports Authority of India (AAI), has developed Kushinagar Airport with a new terminal building spread across 3600sqm at an estimated cost of ₹260 crore of domestic and international visitors and pilgrimage in collaboration with the Government of Uttar Pradesh. Consideration of demand.