The tourism ministry has urged the civil aviation ministry to develop airports in at least 12 popular tourist cities of the country to promote connectivity and said it will provide the funding for the projects, officials have said.
The tourism ministry has tentatively identified these cities, including some in Buddhist circuit, for the hub under the regional connectivity scheme but the aviation ministry has asked for a comprehensive list so that they can plan the development work.
“There have been few rounds of consultancy meeting and once the proposal is finalised, we will start developing the airports. Some of these areas have functional airport while some have airstrips, depending on the requirement, we will develop it,” a civil aviation ministry official said.
The cities and sites are Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, Ajanta and Ellora in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar and Red Fort in Delhi, Colva beach in Goa, Amer Fort in Rajasthan, Somnath and Dholavira in Gujarat, Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, Hampi in Karnataka, Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu, Kaziranga in Assam, Kumarakom in Kerala and the Mahabodhi Temple in Bihar. Read More