Air India will operate direct flights between Colombo and Varanasi form August this year to deepen Indo-Sri Lankan common Buddhist heritage.
Making this announcement today in Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “This will ease travel to the land of Buddha for my brothers and sisters from Sri Lanka, and help you directly visit Sravasti, Kusinagar, Sankasa, Kaushambi and Sarnath. My Tamil brothers and sisters will also be able to visit Varanasi, the land of Kashi Viswanath.”
Addressing the International Vesak Day celebrations in Colombo today the PM said,” I believe we are at a moment of great opportunity in our ties with Sri Lanka. An opportunity to achieve a quantum jump in our partnership across different fields. And, for us, the most relevant benchmark for the success of our friendship is your progress and success.”
“In infrastructure and connectivity,transport and energy,we are poised to scale up our cooperation. Our development partnership stretches across nearly every sector of human activity such as agriculture, education, health, resettlement, transport, power, culture, water, shelter, sports, and human resources,” the PM added.