As pilgrims increase to Uttar Pradesh’s Chitrakoot, the town is set to get the state’s first tabletop airport. This will allow a smoother flow of travellers and will help manage the influx of visitors better. Here’s all that we know about the Chitrakoot airport so far. By Anushka Goel
Chitrakoot in Uttar Pradesh is constantly seeing new infrastructure projects, making it a popular tourist destination for visitors. The town also attracts a lot of pilgrims, due to the presence of several pilgrimage sites in the town. And as the number of tourists increase, the town is set to get a new airport – the state’s first tabletop airport.
Chitrakoot airport: here’s all you need to know about the state’s first tabletop airport
🔸70% civil work completed
🔸1.5kms runway ready, 2nd runway of 2.5kms under construction
🔸Spread over 260 acres
The city which didn’t had a decent bus adda, will now have one of the most beautiful airports in the country, situated atop Vindhya hills. pic.twitter.com/s9pwHHjOsy
— The Uttar Pradesh Index (@theupindex) February 13, 2022
A tabletop airport is one that is located at the top of a hill or plateau, with one or both ends of the runway adjacent to a cliff that drops into a gorge, writes Zee Business. The new airport in Uttar Pradesh has been built at a cost of INR 146 crores, and will be managed by the Airport Authority of India (AAI). Once operational, the Chitrakoot airport will become the first fully operational airport in the Bundelkhand region. The region in itself is a socially and economically viable zone, thanks to the industries and tourism here. Upon receiving permission from the DGCA, a 20-seater aircraft will also fly from this airport in the hills, reports India Today.
Chitrakoot is the place where Shri Ram spent about 11 of his 14 years in exile, along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman. This is one of the major reasons that the place, a beautiful hill town located on the Vindhya Hills, has been attracting tourists from across the world.
The place is also known for its ropeway, which was launched in September 2019. It is home to several touristy and pilgrimage spots such as Gupt Godavari, Kamadgiri Parvat, Sati Anusuiya Ashram, Rajapur, Dharkudi, Jankikund, Ramghat, Bharat Milap Temple, Chitrakoot waterfall and a lot more. Each of these places is reminiscent of the time Rama spent in the town with Sita and Lakshman, and allows visitors to trace the steps the three of them took here.
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