Bihar Signs MoU with Civil Aviation Ministry

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajpathi Raju to develop a network of all six regional airports of Bihar.

When completed, airports in Bihta, Gaya, Purnia, Raxaul, Darbhanga, and Muzaffarpur will also be able to offer flight services to other places outside Bihar, Raju said.

Currently such facility is available only at the Patna Airport.

Speaking on the occasion, Kumar expressed his happiness over the MoU saying it would benefit Bihar by improving tourism in the state.

"In the last few years, there has been an increase of 68% in domestic tourism and a 9% increase in foreign tourism. Once the regional airports are developed in Bihar, these numbers will go even higher," he said.

The Chief Minister also talked about immense tourism potential of the Gaya Airport.

"Development and expansion of the existing Gaya Airport would also help travelers from Buddhist countries. Moreover, it would also be very convenient for those going to or coming from Jharkhand state," Kumar said.

The two leaders also talked about building a new international airport at the existing Air Force Airport in Bihta saying the sooner the work began on this project, the better for Bihar. The Chief Minister said he was ready to make land available for a new airport in Bihta as soon as the plan is finalized.

Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh, Chief Minister's Secretary Chanchal Kumar and Atish Chandra and a number of members of the Indian Air Force were present at the meeting held at Patna Secretariat.

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