Modi opens Kushinagar Airport with first Sri Lanka flight

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 21 2021
News Modi opens Kushinagar Airport with first Sri Lanka flight

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday (20) inaugurated the Kushinagar Airport in Uttar Pradesh (UP) with a maiden flight from Sri Lanka. “In order to develop the places associated with Lord Buddha, for better connectivity, special attention is being given by India today on the creation of facilities for the devotees. 

The development of Kushinagar is in the priorities of the UP Government and the Central Government,” said PM Modi. He underlined that the Kushinagar Airport will help develop an entire economic ecosystem in the region and create new job opportunities. “In UP alone, including this airport, nine new airports and terminals have been made available to people. Jewar Airport, which will be India’s largest airport, is also being worked on at a record pace,” he said. 

Kushinagar is one of the major pilgrimage centres for Buddhists from all over the world. It is the final resting place of Gautama Buddha where he attained Mahaparinirvana after his death. The delegation from Sri Lanka on the inaugural flight led by Namal Rajapaksa, Minister of Youth and Sports; Minister of Development Co-ordination and Monitoring and State Minister of Digital Technology and Enterprise Development. It consists of four State Ministers and one MP in addition to close to 100 senior Buddhist monks belonging to prominent temples spread across Sri Lanka. A number of senior officials from Sri Lanka were also part of this delegation.

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 21 2021

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