Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the intergrated terminal Building Of Vadodara Airport. He also addressed the gathering after inaugurating the terminal.
Modi said, “Happy that 2 airports in India have joined the green movement – one in Kochi and the other one in Vadodara”.
“The new aviation policy, released under this Government, looks at growth of the aviation sector. We have limitless opportunitues when it comes to tourism in India. I am sure that Vadodara will contribute to that a lot,” he added.
“Air connectivity is vital from point of view of tourism sector growth;better air connectivity means more tourists &better economic growth,” he also added.
It will be Modi’s first visit to Vadodara after becoming PM in May 2014. In last Lok Sabha elections, Modi got elected from both Vadodara and Varanasi seats, but he retained latter.
“After arriving in Vadodara tomorrow afternoon, the PM will first inaugurate the newly-built international terminal at the city airport and then he will attend Divyang camp at Navlakhi ground,” said an official of Gujarat Information Department.
The state-of-the-art terminal, built at the cost of Rs 160 crore, is spread over 18,120 sq mt and can handle 700 passengers (domestic plus international) per hour. It will have 18 check-in counters. The airport is located in Harni area on the outskirts of Vadodara.
After the function, Modi will head to Navlakhi ground, where artificial limbs, tri-cycles and other assistive devices will be distributed to over 8000 ‘Divyangs’.
The event has been jointly organised by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Kanpur-based Artificial Limb Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO), and Vadodara district administration, stated a government release.
This will be Modi’s fourth visit in last three months to his home state, where Assembly elections are due next year.
On his 66th birthday on 17 September, Modi had inaugurated various irrigation and drinking water projects in the tribal district of Dahod. He had attended a Divyang camp at Navsari in south Gujarat.
In August, he had visited Gujarat twice — once to condole death of Pramukh Swami Maharaj at Botad district and then to inaugurate the ambitious Sauni Irrigation Scheme in Jamnagar district. Harni is only the second “green building” airport in country.
Airport Authority of India (AAI) chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra told PTI in Vadodara on Saturday that new terminal will enhance the combined passenger handling capacity of airport by almost four-fold.