22 Aug 2023

Madhya Pradesh: CM Shivraj, Jyotiraditya Scindia Lay Foundation Stone Of Datia Airport; Flights Connecting Datia To Khajuraho And Bhopal Will Be Operationalised

Datia (Madhya Pradesh): Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, and Union Minister of Civil Aviation and Steel Jyotiraditya M Scindia, laid the foundation stone of Datia Airport in Madhya Pradesh.

Airport expected to be complete by Feb 2024

The airport is being developed at a cost of around Rs. 50 crore and is expected to be complete by February 2024. The development involves the renovation of the existing 1810-meter runway and construction of apron which can house two nineteen-seater aircraft and a terminal building of 750 square meters and ATC tower. The terminal building will have the capacity to accommodate 100 passengers during peak hours.

The development of Datia airstrip into an airport has been a long-time demand that is being fulfilled now. As a part of the Regional Connectivity Scheme, UDAN, which aims to enhance connectivity by reaching the last mile, Datia Airport once operational will enhance regional connectivity, provide necessary amenities and facilities to people, and contribute to the overall growth of the region.

Flights connecting Khajuraho and Bhopal will be operationalised

Speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony, Jyotiraditya Scindia said that Civil Aviation will not only connect the big cities but also the religious shrines of the country. A new Airport has been built in Deogarh, multiple new airports are being developed in other parts of the country. Now, the development of Datia airport will be completed soon. 

Scindia said as soon as it is developed, flights connecting Khajuraho and Bhopal will be operationalised. These routes have already been awarded under RCS UDAN.

Scindia appreciated and thanked the CM of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan and the sate government for their cooperation for the development of the region.

Will also help to promote tourism in the region

In Madhya Pradesh, aircraft movement (per week) has gone from 506 (in 2014) to 554 (in 2021) - to 956 currently. The development work at Datia Airport for the operation of 19-seater Aircraft will further enhance regional connectivity. It will also help to promote tourism in the region.

The foundation stone laying ceremony was graced by the Narottam Mishra, Minister for Home Affairs and Smt. Sandhya Ray, MP(LS). Sanjiv Kumar, Chairman AAI, Asangba Chuba Aao, JS, MoCA and other officials from the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of Madhya Pradesh and the Airports Authority of India were also present.

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