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.
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.