NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid the foundation stone for second airport in poll-bound Gujarat’s Rajkot, which will be built by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
AAI will take up development works in a phased manner and has been allotted a land measuring 2,534 acres. "In the initial phase, development works are proposed to be undertaken at a cost of Rs 1,405 crore," said a release from AAI.
The release added that the Gujarat government has proposed a Greenfield Airport at Hirasar, Rajkot, as the existing airport is capacity constrained with no further scope for expansion and upgradation due to urbanisation and commercial development around the existing airport.
While addressing the attendees during the ceremony, PM Modi highlighted the importance of an airport in achieving development of a region and a state.
"He mentioned that the present government, for the first time in the history of Indian Civil Aviation since independence, formulated a National Civil Aviation Policy to connect small cities and use the available airstrips across the country," the release added.