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Ra­jkot, is go­ing to soon host a new Green­field Air­port. The Bhoomi Pu­jan func­tion of the new air­port was presided over by Hon’ble Prime Min­is­ter Shri Naren­dra Modi on Oc­to­ber 7, 2017, in the au­gust pres­ence of Shri Vi­jayb­hai R. Ru­pani, Chief Min­is­ter, Gu­jarat; Shri P. Ashok Ga­jap­athi Raju, Union Min­is­ter for Civil Avi­a­tion; Shri Nit­inbhai Pa­tel, Deputy Chief Min­is­ter, Gu­jarat; Shri Mo­hanbhai Kalyan­jib­hai Kun­dariya, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment (Lok Sabha); Shri De­va­jib­hai Govin­db­hai Fatepara, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment (Lok Sabha); Shri Shankarb­hai N. Ve­gad, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment (Ra­jya Sabha); Shri Ma­hamad­javid Ab­dul­mu­talib Pirzada, Mem­ber of Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly and Shri Shamjib­hai Bhimjib­hai Chauhan, Mem­ber of Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly.

The state gov­ern­ment of Gu­jarat pro­posed the Green­field Air­port at Hi­rasar, Ra­jkot, as the ca­pac­ity of the ex­ist­ing air­port is con­strained with no fur­ther scope for ex­pan­sion and upgra­da­tion due to preva­lent ur­ban­i­sa­tion and com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment in the re­gion sur­round­ing the cur­rent air­port. The pro­posed site for the Green­field Air­port, mea­sur­ing 2534 acres, is next to the Na­tional High­way (NH-8B) con­nect­ing Ahmed­abad and Ra­jkot, lo­cated 27 km east of the ex­ist­ing Ra­jkot Air­port. An area of 293.25 hectares was handed over by the state gov­ern­ment to AAI, free of cost and on a free from all en­cum­brances ba­sis, in Au­gust this year. AAI has re­quested the state gov­ern­ment to de­mar­cate the bound­ary of land on the ground with the nec­es­sary peg mark­ing with GPS co­or­di­nates at a rea­son­able dis­tance since the handed over land has iso­lated pock­ets.

The new Green­field Air­port is sched­uled to be equipped with sev­eral en­vi­ron­ment­friendly fea­tures, such as, a dou­ble-in­su­lated roofing sys­tem, rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing sys­tem to recharge the ground­wa­ter ta­ble, us­age of eco-friendly lo­cal build­ing ma­te­rial,

LED light­ing, sen­sor-fit­ted elec­tri­cal and san­i­tary fit­tings, en­ergy ef­fi­cient chillers, a so­lar power sys­tem and a green belt along the pe­riph­ery of the air­port and along the ap­proach road to act as a noise bar­rier.

While ad­dress­ing the at­ten­dees dur­ing the Bhoomi Poo­jan cer­e­mony, Hon’ble Prime Min­is­ter Shri Naren­dra Modi high­lighted the im­por­tance of an air­port in achiev­ing the de­vel­op­men­tal goals of a re­gion and the state. He men­tioned that the present gov­ern­ment, for the first time in the his­tory of In­dian Civil Avi­a­tion, since in­de­pen­dence, has for­mu­lated a Na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Pol­icy to con­nect small cities by us­ing the avail­able airstrips across the coun­try. Com­ment­ing on the bright prospects of In­dia striv­ing to be­come a world avi­a­tion leader soon, the Prime Min­is­ter pre­dicted a pros­per­ous fu­ture for the In­dian avi­a­tion sec­tor. He also shed light on the fact that for the new Green­field Air­port com­ing up be­tween the Ra­jkot and Suren­drana­gar dis­tricts, 96 per cent of the land used was bar­ren land be­long­ing to the Govt. of Gu­jarat.

Com­ment­ing on the air­port project be­ing han­dled by AAI, Shri P. Ashok Ga­jap­athi Raju, Union Min­is­ter for Civil Avi­a­tion said, “Ra­jkot is the fourth largest city in the state of Gu­jarat. Since the ex­ist­ing air­port has no scope for fur­ther ex­pan­sion and is not po­si­tioned well to meet the po­ten­tial traf­fic de­mand, the new air­port that is be­ing con­structed by AAI will surely meet the fu­tur­is­tic de­mands of Ra­jkot by fur­ther adding to the in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment of this ex­pand­ing city.”

Chair­man, AAI, on the oc­ca­sion said, “Ra­jkot is the nerve-cen­tre of the Saurash­tra re­gion in Gu­jarat, it is be­fit­ting that the Hon’ble Prime Min­is­ter presided over the Bhoomi Poo­jan func­tion for the new in­te­grated state-of-the-art Green­field Air­port at Ra­jkot. This new air­port will cater to the com­mer­cial, reli­gious and gen­eral avi­a­tion needs of the peo­ple of Ra­jkot and Suren­drana­gar, pro­vid­ing a boost to the lo­cal econ­omy. It will also of­fer em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to the peo­ple of the re­gion.”

Be­fore the Bhoomi Pu­jan, Chair­man, AAI, for­mally in­au­gu­rated the 150KW roof-top So­lar Power Plant be­ing in­stalled at Ra­jkot Air­port on Oc­to­ber 6, 2017. The project cost at `86.85 lakhs will ben­e­fit AAI in re­duc­ing the elec­tric­ity costs at Ra­jkot Air­port. Later in the day, the Chair­man in­ter­acted with the me­dia ex­plain­ing in de­tail the need for the new Green­field Air­port at Ra­jkot.

The ex­ist­ing Ra­jkot Air­port cur­rently wit­nesses around 100 move­ments per week and also han­dled over four lakh pas­sen­gers dur­ing the year 2016-17. Due to the non-avail­abil­ity of ad­e­quate land, the run­way of the ex­ist­ing air­port can­not be fur­ther ex­tended. The new up­com­ing Green­field Air­port will face no such re­stric­tions re­gard­ing ex­pan­sion of air­side in­fra­struc­ture. It will be able to han­dle the A-320 type of air­craft while also be­ing ca­pa­ble of si­mul­ta­ne­ously man­ag­ing both do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tions.

J.b.singh, GM (PR), AAI, CHQ

PM Shri Naren­dra Modi graces the Bhoomi Pu­jan func­tion in the pres­ence of Shri P. Ashok Ga­jap­athi Raju

Bhoomi Pu­jan func­tion at Ra­jkot

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