Foundation stone for seven airport infrastructure projects were laid by Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu. The seven airport infrastructure projects will be taken up at Trivandrum, Mangaluru, Madurai, Rupsi, Jaipur, Amritsar and Imphal at an estimated cost outlay of Rs 497 crore.
At Mangaluru airport expansion of terminal building from existing 34,587 square metres to 45,930 square metres at a cost of Rs 133 crore will be taken up. The expansion will increase the peak hour handling capacity from 730 to 1,084 passengers, according to Airports Authority of India (AAI).
The AAI further said a terminal building having an area of 3250 square metres with peak hour handling capacity of 300 passengers will be developed at Rupsi, Assam. The project will include developing and as well as operationalisationing of the airport at the cost of Rs 69 crore.
Suresh Prabhu further inaugurated three other airport infrastructure projects worth Rs 132.15 crore. “We are trying to ensure that the aviation sector contributes to the economy too…” he said after laying the foundation and inaugurating all the projects. Laying out the ministry’s plans for the sector, he said, “We are making an air cargo policy. In order to encourage companies to build aircraft in India, we are creating a roadmap. We are working to bring out regulations on drones… We are trying to find a way so that 100 new airports are built with an investment of $65 billion. We are also working to increase safety and security in the aviation sector.”