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AAI undertakes work for construction of a greenfield airport in Rajkot to boost industrial growth

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has undertaken the work for the construction of a new greenfield airport, at Rajkot in Gujarat

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New Delhi: To cater the growing population of the fourth largest city in the state of Gujarat and the increasing flow of air traffic in this region, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has undertaken the work for the construction of a new greenfield airport in Rajkot, Gujarat. With the project cost of Rs 1,405 crores, the new airport is envisioned to be a transportation hub for people travelling abroad from the state.

Spread over 2,534 acres, a new greenfield airport in Rajkot, has been planned with modern facilities and conveniences for the travellers with the increased number of counters and other necessary facilities. The location of a new airport is approximately 30 kms from Rajkot city and on the Rajkot-Ahmadabad highway. With a total built-up area of 23,000 sqm excluding the basement, the terminal building of this new airport will be capable to handle 1800 passengers during peak hours.

The terminal will be equipped with state-of-the-art passenger facilities, four-passenger boarding bridges, three conveyor belts and 20 check-in counters along with modern firefighting and fire alarm system. The city side area of the airport will also be developed for adequate parking facilities for car, taxi and buses along with landscaping. Runway length is planned for 3040 m for serving AB-321type of aircraft which will be capable of parking 14 aircraft at a time.

The terminal façade design is influenced by the existing Palaces of Rajkot like the Ranjit Vilas Palace, integrating traditional elements into a contemporary form. An outer skin of traditional Jalis of Palaces is provided to minimize the heat gain inside the building. The terminal will depict various artforms including dandiya dance through its dynamic external façade and splendid interiors. Rajkot is famous for its golden jewellery and filigree work and that has inspired the exterior panel work at the drop-off area of the city side kerb.

More than 82 percent of earthwork and 80 percent of runway and other pavement works have been completed. The work for new terminal building & ATC Tower is also in progress. To commission the airport, an interim terminal building of size 60mX60m capable of handling 300 passengers per hour is also in progress. The present progress of the total project is 45 percent. It is expected that the new airport will be ready for operation by March 2023.

Rajkot is effectively contributing to the economy of India through its small-scale and heavy industries. The city is playing an important role in complex supply chains from a global perspective, which is expected to grow exponentially. Air connectivity to the international market will boost industrial growth, which in turn will generate new employment opportunities. Apart from this, the new airport will come up with lots of commercial development. This will boost travel logistics, hotel industry, restaurants, warehouse-Cargo handling and clearing business etc. and many more.

In the PM Gati Shakti’s spirit of inclusive multi-modal connectivity, the Hirasar Airport is accessed from the National Highway NH-27. A clover-leaf flyover is planned on the highway for unhindered access to the airport.

Being located on the Rajkot-Ahmadabad highway, this airport will aim to reduce time and cost related to logistics for multiple industries in the region. More Importantly, the ceramic industry of Morbi and other industries of Jamnagar also depend on Rajkot for air connectivity.

The plans to modernize and beautify the ancient city of Rajkot are already in place and all such infrastructure development projects including the construction of a greenfield airport will help promote the local business houses adding economic wealth to the country.

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