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PM inaugurates new airport at Bamrauli, Prayagraj

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The Prime Minister of India Mr Narendra Modi inaugurating new airport complex at Bamrauli Airport, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh in the presence of Mr Ram Naik, Governor of Uttar Pradesh; Mr Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mr Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation; Mr. Keshav Prasad Maurya, Deputy Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Sidharth Nath Singh, Minister of Medical & Health, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Mr Nand Gopal Gupta "Nandi", Minister of Civil Aviation, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Mr Shyama Charan Gupta, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Mr Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha).

Thesynergyonline Aerospace Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 17 : A new airport complex at Bamrauli Airport in Prayagraj District of Uttar Pradesh was inaugurated on December 16 , 2018 by the Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi. The inauguration took place in the presence of Mr. Ram Naik, Governor of Uttar Pradesh; Mr Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation; Mr. Keshav Prasad Maurya, Deputy Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Sidharth Nath Singh, Minister of Medical & Health, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Mr Nand Gopal Gupta "Nandi", Minister of Civil Aviation, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Mr Shyama Charan Gupta, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Mr Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha).

Although most of the attention in Kumbh Mela goes to the interesting saddhus, this festival is primarily for ordinary people. It is one of the very few occasions when everybody, no matter what caste or spirituality level they belong to, can drink from gods' jug. According to legend, a long time ago the gods and demons fought for the jug of immortality made by the supreme god Vishnu. During those twelve years of battle in the sky, things got out of hand four times, and each time this happened, a drop would spill from the jug. So four drops fell on earth, each in one part of India.

According to medieval Hinduism, the origin of the festival can be found in the ancient legend of samudra manthan. The legend tells of a battle between the Devas and Asuras for amrita, the drink of immortality. During samudra manthan, or churning of the ocean, amrita was produced and placed in a kumbha (pot). To prevent the asuras (malevolent beings) from seizing the amrita, a divine carrier flew away with the pot. In one version of the legend, the carrier of the kumbha is the divine physician Dhanavantari, who stops at four places where the Kumbh Mela is celebrated. In other re-tellings, the carrier is Garuda, Indra or Mohini, who spills the amrita at four places. Nowadays the Kumbha Mela festival takes place in these four areas. The battle between the gods and demons is actually an eternal battle, so it is believed that nectar is still spilled onto the same places every twelve years.

In his address the Prime Minister applauded the efforts made by Airports Authority of India (AAI) to complete the project of new airport complex in record 11 months and congratulated Mr Suresh Prabhu Minister of Civil Aviation and team of AAI.

Airports Authority of India, under the supervision of the Ministry of Civil Aviation is committed to provide air connectivity and develop and upgrade airport infrastructure across the country. Due to the proactive measures being undertaken by the government, Indiais already one of the fastest growing civil aviation markets in the world.

The new airport complex of Bamrauli Airport has been developed by the Airports Authority of India, at a cost of Rs 164 crore.

Bamrauli Airport belongs to the Indian Air Force and AAI maintains a Civil Enclave there. The previous Civil Enclave had an area of 0.8 acres with constrained operations through a small Terminal Building.

There was no scope for expansion of the terminal building at the present location. Hence, a New Airport Complex withmodern terminal building has been constructed. Government of Uttar Pradesh hasacquired and handed over 50 acres of land to the Airports Authority of India for development of the New Airport Complex.

The New Passenger Terminal Building, a centrally air-conditioned building, with an area of 6700 sq.m. has been planned to handle 300 peak hour passengers at a time.

The terminal building is equipped with all essential passenger-friendly amenities and provided with CUTE-enabled Check-in-Counters, Baggage Conveyors, Elevator, Public Address System, Fire Fighting and Fire Alarm System, Flight information Display System (FIDS), CCTV, Baggage Scanners and Car Parking for 200 cars and Reserved Parking for 20 cars.

Bamrauli Airport was connected to Delhi and Mumbai in the past, but the air connection was intermittent in nature. After the launch of UDAN Scheme, connectivity to other important cities of India from Prayagraj got the required boost.

UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik) is a flagship scheme of the Government of India introduced to enable air operations on unserved routes, connecting regional areas, to promote balanced regional growth and to make flying affordable for masses. The Hon'ble PM flagged off the first UDAN flight on Shimla-Delhi sector on 27th April, 2017.