Prime Minister Narendra will visit Uttar Pradesh to inaugurate the Kushinagar International Airport. As per the Prime Minister’s office, Modi will participate in an event marking Abhidhamma Day at Mahaparinirvana Temple. And he will attend a public function to inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of various development projects in Kushinagar.
“At around 10 AM, the Prime Minister will inaugurate the Kushinagar International Airport. Subsequently, at around 11:30 AM, he will participate in an event marking Abhidhamma Day at Mahaparinirvana Temple. Thereafter, at around 1:15 PM, the Prime Minister will attend a public function to inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of various development projects in Kushinagar,” read a release by the Prime Minister’s office.
As per the news reports, Kushinagar International Airport will be marked by the landing of the inaugural flight at the airport from Colombo, Sri Lanka. The flight will carry a Sri Lankan delegation of over a hundred Buddhist Monks and dignitaries including the 12-member Holy Relic entourage bringing the Holy Buddha Relics for Exposition.
The delegation, the governments informs, will have five ministers of the Government of Sri Lanka and Anunayakas (deputy’s heads) of all four Nikatas (orders) of Buddhism in Sri Lanka i.e Asgiriya, Amarapura, Ramana, Malwatta.
The Kushinagar International Airport has been built at an estimated cost of Rs. 260 crore. The airport will facilitate domestic and international pilgrims to visit the Mahaparinirvana sthal of Lord Buddha and is an endeavour in connecting the Buddhist pilgrimage holy sites around the world. The Kushinagar International airport will serve nearby districts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and is an important step in boosting the investment and employment opportunities in the region.
Along with inaugurating the Kushinagar International Airport, the prime minister will also participate in a public function at Barwa Jangal, Kushinagar where he will lay the foundation stone of Rajkiya Medical College, Kushinagar. Prime Minister will also inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of 12 development projects worth over Rs 180 crore. He will also pay visit the Mahaparinirvana temple, offer Archana and Chivar to the reclining statue of Lord Buddha and also plant a Bodhi tree sapling. He will participate in an event, organised to mark Abhidhamma Day.