Bhagalpur Airport was developed in 1983 but remained non-operational for several decades.
The 21-member BASSS central committee has now decided to continue the protest until people’s demand is met. Members of East Bihar Chambers of Commerce and Industries (EBCCI), District Bar Association (DBA), Indian Medical Association (IMA), Industry Association of East Bihar (EBIA), Teacher Associations from TMBU and several other associations have also lent their support to BASSE. By 1983, private operators were providing commercial air services through a few small planes from Bhagalpur. However, due to non-viability (low passenger volume) at that time, air services were discontinued.
Lamenting the undue delay by government authorities including the Airports Authority of India (AAI) in ruling out prospects of commercial air services from Bhagalpur, BASSS official Kamal Jaiswal said the district headquarters and its adjoining areas had suitable and adequate land for the start of air services, which would boost the development and growth of the region. “Air services will contribute to the growth of industry and education, including the silk and agricultural industries,” said BASSS co-organizer Anand Mishra.
He added, “Bhagalpur is an education hub with colleges besides Bihar Agricultural University BAU), Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University (TMBU) and other educational institutions. Therefore, many people need air services.
Professor Dr. Salahuddin Ahsan, Principal of Muslim Minority Degree College, Professor Suresh Yadav, Professor Manoj, Professor Ejaz Ali and several other BASSS members said that Bhagalpur has a geographical advantage. They also decided to support MPs and MPs from Bhagalpur and Banka to raise the issue soon with Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia.
Kamal said the internationally renowned Jain Temple of Bhagalpur was another attraction that would attract international tourists once air services start from here.