Kunda Deoghar Airport
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Kunda Airport is a proposed commercial airport development based on an airstrip in Deoghar province. It is expected to give a major boost to religious tourism in Jharkhand, besides providing viable air connectivity to the underdeveloped Santhal Pargana region. Construction commenced in Jan-2018.
Jan-2019. Jharkhand's Chief Minister Raghubar Das reported construction works for the development of Kunda Deoghar Airport are expected to be completed by Feb-2020.
Dec-2018. India's Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha reported Kunda Deoghar Airport will be completed within the next two to three years.
29-May-2018. Airports Authority of India stated Kunda Deoghar Airport will be equipped with the following:
- 4000sqm passenger terminal;
- 2500m runway;
- Apron with parking capacity for two A320 aircraft;
- Six check in counters;
- Two baggage arrivals conveyor belts;
- Peak hour handling capacity for 200 passengers;
- Solar power system.
28-May-2018. Airports Authority of India stated India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Kunda Deoghar Airport development project. The project is a JV between the AAI and the Jharkhand State Government and will require an estimated investment of INR4 billion (USD59.1 million). Deoghar will be equipped to accommodate A320 aircraft.
Jan-2018. India's Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha stated construction works to develop Kunda Deoghar Airport have commenced. Mr Sinha said the project will require an investment of more than INR2 billion (USD31.4 million) and construction works are expected to be complete by 2020.
Sep-2017. Airports Authority of India (AAI) plans to develop Kunda Deoghar Airport for joint civil aviation up to A320 aircraft and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) use, estimated to require a fixed cost investment of INR4.01 billion (USD62.54 million), to be provided by DRDO, the Jharkhand State Government and AAI.
Mar-2017. Airports Authority of India, the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and the Jharkhand Government signed a tripartite MoU for development of Deoghar Airport, to upgrade the airport to handle A320 and C-130 operations. Jharkhand Government acquired 600.3 acres for airport expansion, adding to the existing 53.4 acre site. The land will be handed handed over to AAI. The airport will be developed and go into operation over a two year period.
Nov-2016. India's Minister of State for Civil Aviation advised an MoU has been signed between the Indian Government, Jharkhand Government and Ministry to develop Kunda Deoghar Airport. Jharkhand Government already commenced steps to acquire 603.8 acres of land required for the project.
Nov-2015. India's Ministry of Civil Aviation confirmed it received a modernisation proposal for the proposed Deoghar Airport, seeking land acquisition and airport development through a special purpose vehicle.
Sep-2015. Airports Authority of India (AAI) chairman R K Srivastava and Jharkhand's chief secretary Rajiv Gauba met with Deoghar District officials to discuss land acquisition for the proposed airport at Kunda. Land acquisition is expected to commence in the near future.
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