At the Jaiprakash Narayan Airport in Patna, the capital of Bihar, the crowd of passengers has started decreasing. The main reason for this is believed to be the start of air service for many cities from Darbhanga Airport. This is the reason that even after the end of the transition of the second wave of the Corona Pandemic, only about 5 to 6 thousand passengers are travelling from Patna Airport. Earlier, this figure used to be 10 to 12 thousand. Moreover, there is a continuous decrease in the number of passengers in the flights coming from Delhi to Patna or going from Patna to Delhi.
Even fewer passengers are travelling in flights going to and from Patna from many places including Mumbai, Kolkata, Ranchi and Hyderabad, while in recent days the number of planes from Patna airport has also been increased. Now 50 pairs of aircraft are operating from Patna, despite this, the number of passengers is being seen less.
People of North Bihar are not coming to Patna Airport
Cab drivers who have made a living by driving taxis at Patna airport for years also discuss this phenomenon. They say that travellers from North Bihar no longer need to travel from Patna airport. A taxi driver from Patna Airport, says that Darbhanga Airport’s launch has made a lot of difference. Now the passengers to Patna are coming less, due to which the earning of those people has also reduced. Another taxi driver Arif Khan says, “There was never such a bad phase. Now our employment has come to a standstill. Long-distance rides are not available at all.” These people say that the people of North Bihar are not coming here now, due to which outside rides are not available.
Darbhanga airport is becoming more popular in other districts
The Darbhanga Airport turned into the third functional air terminal in Bihar after Patna and Gaya last year. With the beginning of air operations from Darbhanga Airport under UDAN today, the district gets associated with the country’s metros like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru.
Bihar’s fortunes are also changing due to the start of Darbhanga Airport. Now big investment has also started pouring in.
Darbhanga Airport (DBR/VE89) at a glance
- Foundation stone laid – December 2018
- First Flight – November 2020
- Number of Departures – 49 per week
- Busiest Route – Delhi – Darbhanga
- Airports Served – Ahemedabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata
- Near-by airports – Patna, Varanasi, Janakpur (Nepal), Biratnagar(Nepal)
People might not have dreamt earlier that air service can start from a small non-descript North Bihar city named Darbhanga. Even if it’d start, the ride will not be available. However, all such speculations are now laid to rest. Not only flights have now started from Darbhanga but have grown to unprecedented levels. As a result, the business of Darbhanga and its surrounding areas has jumped by at least Rs 800 to 1000 million per month. This has been mainly due to the fast and easy movement of men and material.
Air service has become available from Darbhanga Airport in Bihar to many cities of the country. Now not only Mithilanchal from Darbhanga Airport, but a large population of Kosi region to Seemanchal is also preferring to travel by air. Good connectivity of Darbhanga Airport to all these areas is also one of the reasons for this. The Darbhanga Airport, built on the banks of NH 57, is also accessible to the Terai region of Nepal including Muzaffarpur, Samastipur, Madhubani, Supaul, Saharsa, Kishanganj, and Katihar. Most of the people are preferring to travel from Darbhanga Airport, that is why a large population of Bihar has now lost its compulsion to travel by air to Patna and people are going to different cities by air service from Darbhanga itself. According to the records so far, about 4 lakh people have taken air service from Darbhanga airport.
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Darbhanga Leads the path of progress for North Bihar.
With the start of air service from Darbhanga, the famous products of the Mithila region have started getting a big market. For example, in the first season of Muzaffarpur’s Shahi Litchi, 35 tonnes of Shahi Litchi were sent from Darbhanga airport to Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Bangalore this year. According to the Darbhanga Airport Authority, as soon as additional facilities of cargo are available, Darbhanga’s famous fish and Tarabai Paan will also get a new market in the country and abroad. This will directly increase the economic income of thousands of families in the Darbhanga region. Manish Kumar, director of Darbhanga Airport Authority, said, “The economic progress of the area is certain after the airport is started. A new path is opening up. This year we have sent 35 tonnes of litchi to different cities. We are going to expand the cargo service very soon. With this, the special identity of Darbhanga will also be able to send fish and betel out.”
Pawan Kumar Sureka, President of Divisional Chamber of Commerce and a nominated member of Darbhanga Airport Advisory Committee, said, “Due to air service, the business of textile, machinery etc. has increased by more than Rs 80 million. Taxi and hotel industries are set to see an increase in Darbhanga. Traders from Darbhanga and Muzaffarpur now go to Gujarat for textile trade and Punjab and Delhi for machinery products without any middlemen.”
The dynamics of change with time is also the measure of Man’s progress. Changes – roads, water, and electricity – have taken place in many areas of Bihar and their effects are now visible.