Shri Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Civil Aviation inaugurated and laid the Foundation Stone for the various infrastructure development projects for Eight AAI Airports through Video Link today. These Airports include Trivandrum, Calicut Airport in Kerala; Mangaluru Airport in Karnataka. Madurai Airport in Tamil Nadu; Rupsi Airport in Assam; Jaipur Airport in Rajasthan, Amritsar Airport in Punjab, Imphal Airport in Manipur.
The ceremony took place at Airports Authority of India Officers’ Institute New Delhi in the august presence of Shri P. S. Kharola, Secretary, MoCA and Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI connected by formal events organised at respective locations through video link, attended by esteemed dignitaries of the state. Justice P. Sathasivam (Retd.), Hon`ble Governor of Kerala, inaugurated and laid the Foundation Stone for Projects of Trivandrum and Calicut Airport from Trivandrum Airport. Shri Vajubhai Vala, Hon`ble Governor, Karnataka laid the Foundation Stone for projects at Mangaluru Airport. Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Hon`ble Chief Minister of Assam laid the Foundation Stone for Development of Rupsi Airport from Rupsi in Assam.
Details of the projects being inaugurated and launched:
- Trivandrum Airport:
- a) Foundation Stone for Construction of additional Apron and allied works at to increase parking bays to 22 existing 20. (Project Cost: ₹27 Crore)
- b) Inauguration of Passenger Boarding Bridge (PBB) and Advanced Visual Docking Guidance System at Trivandrum Airport. (Project Cost: ₹23 Crore)
- Calicut Airport:
- a) Inauguration of New International Arrival Block at Calicut International Airport. A dedicated arrival block having area 17000 sqm. has been constructed and shall serve international passengers only and present international terminal building shall be exclusively used for departing international passengers. (Project Cost: ₹121 Crore)
- b) Inauguration of Passenger Boarding Bridges (PBB) and Advanced Visual Docking Guidance System. (Project cost: ₹46 Crore)
- Mangaluru Airport
- a) Foundation Stone will be laid for the expansion of Terminal Building. The area of building will be increased from existing 34587 square meters to 45930 square meters which will increase the peak hour handling capacity from 730 to 1084 passengers with Annual Passenger Handling capacity of 3 Million passengers per annum with modern amenities and facilities. (Project Cost: ₹133 Crore)
- b) Inauguration of Passenger Boarding Bridges (PBBs) and Advanced Visual Docking Guidance System. (Project Cost: ₹46 Crore)
- Rupsi Airport
Foundation Stone will be laid for Development and Operationalisation of Rupsi Airport. A terminal building having an area of 3250 sqm. with peak hour handling capacity of 300 passengers will be constructed. The project work will also be including Control Tower-cum-Technical Block, Fire Station, MT Work-Shop, Substation building including strengthening of existing runway, taxiway and apron. On operationalisation, the airfield shall be suitable for operation of ATR -72 type of aircraft.
(Project cost: ₹69 Crore)
- Madurai Airport
Foundation Stone will be laid for Extension of Apron and allied works to increase number of parking bays to twelve from seven. (Project cost: ₹26 Crore)
- Jaipur Airport
Foundation Stone will be laid for Extension of Apron and allied works to increase parking bays to 46 from existing 14. (Project Cost: ₹110 Crore)
- Amritsar Airport
Foundation Stone for Extension of Apron and allied works to increase number of parking bays to 25 from existing 15. (Project Cost: ₹96 Crore)
- Imphal Airport
Foundation Stone for Construction of Hangar along with the Apron and Taxiway at will be laid to provide additional facilities for Aircrafts Repair, Maintenance and Housing. (Project Cost: ₹36 Crore)
While addressing the gathering, Shri. Suresh Prabhu, HMCA said, “Comprehensive Development in aviation sector will lead to economic development of the country. Government of India is laying special emphasis on connecting North eastern part of the country. Under UDAN, the first ever international flight will take off form Guwahati.”
The Airports Authority of India, under the supervision of the Ministry of Civil Aviation is committed to provide air connectivity and develop as well as upgrade airport infrastructure across the country to meet growing passenger traffic at AAI Airports. Due to the proactive measures being undertaken by the Government, India is already one of the fastest growing civil aviation markets in the world.