Patna Airport to be Upgraded to World-class Standard; Says Union Minister

Union Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha holding a meeting in Patna on Monday.

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Patna: Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, at a meeting in Patna on Monday, said that plans were afoot to make Patna Airport a world-class facility starting with the building of a new terminal at its current site.

"Considering the dramatic rise in the number of travelers flying from or coming to the Jaya Prakash Narayan International Airport in Patna, it is high time the airport was upgraded to meet standard that are found only in top, world-class airports. The new terminal would be completed within next three to four years," Sinha said.

Justifying the need for adding a new terminal, the minister said that up until now, roughly 10 lakh passengers used to pass through the existing terminal but that number is expected to hit 30 lakh by the end of this year.

Talking to the airport officials, Sinha directed them to ensure passengers were not subjected to any kind of inconvenience and all complaints must be dealt with in professional manners.

The Civil Aviation Minister further said that the government was working to upgrade and modernize the airports in Darbhanga that would soon boast of flights from there to Mumbai, Bangalore, and Delhi.

"Besides, more flights, including many international, would also be added at the Gaya Airport," he said.

Rest of Sinha's statement were full of government talking points like how the Modi administration had been successful in checking rising prices, how the farmers were being paid time and a half for their investment, and how over 50 crore people in India under Ayushman Bharat scheme were getting health insurance.

"Things that looked bleak just a few years ago like road condition, drinking water supply, better education etc. are all in much better shape than ever before," he said.

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