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Sunday, 24 January 2016

After aero-bridge, art gallery and medical facility at Gaya airport

 Honouring its commitment to add to Gaya airport's ambience and make it more passenger-friendly, the Airport Authority of India on Thursday entered into an agreement with Abhay Institute of Medical Sciences, the well-equipped hospital with functional ICU and Ventilator facility to provide Medical assistance to passengers boarding from or landing at the Gaya Airport.

Besides flights for Delhi, Yangon and Colombo etc. a large number of fliers use chartered flights originating from countries like Japan and Korea, etc. and in the absence of medical facilities, the fliers had been facing problems.

A few months back, the aero-bridge facility was introduced at the airport, a facility that is not available anywhere in the state including the Patna Airport. Aerobridge facility and use of escalators has come as a big relief for senior citizens and physically challenged passengers.

According to the airport director Dilip Kumar, Abhay Institute of Medical Sciences, the hospital with which the agreement has been made, is located just outside the airport premises and locational advantage will make the system work more smoothly.

An art gallery has also been set up at the airport. Works of amateur artists including painters would be displayed at the art gallery. To begin with the Airport Authority of India has shortlisted three amateur artists whose works would be displayed the art gallery. Magadh Range DIG Ratn Sanjay inaugurated the art gallery in the airport lounge on Thursday afternoon.

The shortlisted artists include Nidhi, the 25 years old deaf and dumb girl from a nearby village. Nidhi was earlier adopted as an icon by the Election Commission of India for awareness creation during the recent assembly elections. A painter by training, the girl, a resident of Khairti village of Bodh Gaya block is a Master of Fine Arts from Jagatguru Raghvendracharya Handicapped University, Chitrakoot. She is also a recipient of Chancellor's Gold Medal for painting skills.

Hailing the AAI's decision to take the initiative for extension of medical assistance to the fliers and establishment of an art gallery, well known Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Farasat Hussain, a regular flier on the Gaya-Delhi route, said that more artists should be given the chance to display their artistic creation at the airport.

DK Jain, former president of the Central Bihar Chamber of Commerce said that the AAI should also rein in Air India for schedule maintenance and fare regulation. The airlines, according to Jain was misusing its monopoly by charging an exorbitant fare on the Gaya-Delhi route. Entry of private airlines was required to offer competition to the Air India for better service and pocket-friendly fare.

Source : TOI , 21st Jan 2016

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