Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the integrated terminal building of Vadodara Airport in Gujarat, which is now the country’s second green airport after Kochi, and said such projects will encourage people to take up environment-friendly constructions. The PM expressed his happiness on the occasion and said that two airports have now joined the green movement in the country. “I am happy that 2 airports in India have joined the green movement – one in Kochi and now another one in Vadodara,” he said.
Watch | PM Narendra Modi at the inauguration of the new Integrated terminal building of Vadodara Airport
“It will be considered as one of the top-class airports of the country,” Modi said. He said the airport is constructed on the principle of green infrastructure using bricks of fly ash. “Construction of such iconic buildings on green concept will encourage citizens to take up construction on these lines,” said the Prime Minister.
Spread in an area of 17,500 sq mt, the new integrated terminal has been built at a cost of Rs 160 crore. It has been
designed to handle 700 passengers, including international fliers, per hour with 18 check-in counters, which would help in a seamless boarding process. It took about seven years to complete the project as the then Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel had laid the foundation stone in 2009.
The 8,100-meter-long runway of the Vadodra airport can handle small and narrow body aircraft such as Airbus 320 and Boeing 737s. Besides national carrier Air India, private airlines likes IndiGo and Jet airways are operating from here. Stressing on the need to focus on connectivity for development, Modi said the first Railway University to be set up here is an important decision in this direction and will impact the next century.
“The government has taken a very important decision whose impact will be felt for nearly 100 years. And the decision is that country’s first railway university will be constructed in Vadodara,” Modi said addressing public after inaugurating the terminal.
PM Modi also talked about the new aviation policy implemented by the government in Gujarat. “A new aviation policy has been released under this Government which looks at growth of the sector,” he said. Talking about growing tourism in the country, Modi said that improving air connectivity will improve the growth of tourism sector in the country. “We have limitless opportunities when it comes to tourism in India. I am sure that Vadodara will contribute to that,” he said.
Modi also talked about his plans to bring in new technological innovations to railways network in the country. Talking about Indian railways, the prime minister said, “Many innovations have happened in the world. We need to bring new technology to the Railways.”
The Prime Minister also talked about the upcoming Railway University at Vadodara. “India’s first Railway University will be at Vadodara soon. Imagine the contribution it will make,” the Prime Minister said.