Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
on Saturday said he would take up with the Centre the issue of
naming Gaya airport as Lord Buddha International airport
which would help further boost Internationa tourism.
"I will personaly take up with the Centre the issue
of naming Gaya Airport as Lord Buddha International
Airport to help boost International tourism," Kumar said
before leaving for a 12-day visit to China.
Kumar said he had yesterday written a letter to Civil
Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi to press for the demand.
Bodh Gaya was the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site in
the world as it is the place where under a pipal tree Goutam
Buddha attained enlightenment and sapling of that tree still
stands in the temple premises at Bodh Gaya, he said.
Kumar said an international airport, located at about 5
km from Bodh Gaya town, was established at Gaya to cater to
international and national tourists.
The passenger traffic at this airport has been increasing
and the Gaya airport was needed to be expanded, he said adding
"we are in the final stage of transferring additional 100
acres of land for the proposed expansion.