New Delhi: Post the successful commencement of flight operations from the Kalaburagi airport in Karnataka, Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) flagged off the first direct flight from Bidar airport to Bengaluru in Karnataka on 7 February.
The airport has been remodelled under the Regional Connectivity Scheme-Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (RCS-UDAN) of the Government of India and has been developed at an estimated cost of Rs 11 crores to be borne by the State Government with the help of the Central Government.
BS Yediyurappa, Chief Minister of Karnataka and Bidar MP Bhagwanth Khuba inaugurated the flight operations at the airport.
TruJet will operate direct daily flights on the Bengaluru-Bidar route. Flight 2T 625 will depart from Bengaluru at 11:40 IST and arrive at Bidar airport at 13:05 IST. Flight 2T 626 will depart from Bidar airport at 13:35 IST and arrive at Bengaluru at 15:15 IST.
While appreciating the support of the Government of Karnataka & Indian Air Force, Joint Secretary in-charge of UDAN, Usha Padhee informed about a recently achieved milestone under UDAN by commencing the 250th route.
Pradeep Singh Kharola, Secretary in the Ministry said that the newly built airport inks the commitment & perseverance of the Ministry of Civil Aviation of India to establish substantial air connectivity in India.
With the inauguration of the Bengaluru-Bidar route, MoCA has successfully operationalised 252 routes and 45 airports under this flagship scheme. It also marks the operationalisation of the 8th airport in the Karnataka region.
MoCA undertook the task to re-model the Bidar Airforce station for commercial aviation purposes as people of Bidar travel frequently to Bengaluru for all administrative work and had to undertake an 11-hour journey by either train or bus. With the inauguration of the Bidar airport, the natives can now reach Bengaluru and other parts of the country with much ease.
Bidar region in Karnataka is widely known for its Bidriware, an ancient metal handicraft that showcases the fusion of Persian, Arabic, and local craftsmanship. Moreover, Bidar has a very long association with Sikhism due to the presence of Gurudwara Nanak Jhira Sahib which is one of the holiest places for the Sikh devotees in the country.
The city also offers tourist places such as Bidar fort, and Mahals like Rangeen Mahal, Tarkash Mahal, Gagan Mahal, and Takht Mahal. Bidar is also known for its Solah Khambha Mosque popularly known as Zanana Masjid.
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