Deoghar: Tuesday was a “red letter day” for Deoghar. Jharkhand’s city is known as a spiritual place. A huge number of devotees every year go to the city to pay a visit to Baba Baidyanath Dham—a Lord Shiva shrine.
The city has the distinction of hosting one of the biggest month-long religious congregations, where lakhs of people gather during the holy month of Shrawan.
In this month, devotees could reach Deoghar by road or railway. But now they can land at Deoghar airport as well.
The spiritual city is now connected with other cities by air traffic. In the presence of Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren and Union Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Deoghar Airport and AIIMS on Tuesday.
The prime minister also laid the foundation stones of several projects for the speedy development of Deoghar and Jharkhand. It is estimated that over Rs 16,800 crore will be spent on the completion of these projects.
66 passengers were boarded on the inaugural flight to Deoghar. One of the passengers, Beena, said, “I live in Delhi and my in-laws are from Bhagalpur (Bihar). I am thrilled that I managed to board the first flight to Deoghar and will offer prayers at the Baidyanath Dham, “said Beena.
“Our dreams have come true. This is a historical day. My wife and I are happy to be part of this historical journey. “”It felt magical to reach Deoghar within an hour (from Kolkata),” Munnam Sanjay, who took the first inbound flight to Deoghar with his wife, said.
The airport will be a boon for Jharkhand’s Santhal Pargana and several adjoining towns’ of Bihar like Jamui, Banka, and Bhagalpur. Passengers from many West Bengal towns will find Deoghar airport more convenient to catch flights from here.