Source: News Bharati English22 Oct 2016 17:01:10
New Delhi, October 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated international terminal at Vadodara airport and announced India's first Railway University. This will be PM’s first visit to Vadodara after becoming PM in May 2014. He also planned to attend a programme to distribute artificial limbs and other implements to more than 8000 'Divyangs' in the city.
During the inauguration, he said that connectivity is becoming very important in this century. Better air connectivity means more tourists and this means better economic growth. We have limitless opportunities when it comes to tourism in India. I am sure that Vadodara will contribute to that a lot. Air connectivity is vital from the point of view of tourism sector growth. A new aviation policy has been released under this Government. It looks at growth of the aviation sector.
Speaking upon Vadodara, he said “Glad that 2 airports in India have joined the green movement. One in Kochi and the other here in Vadodara. India's first Railway University will be in Vadodara, imagine the contribution it is making.” He further pointed out that. A long pending demand was fulfilled. Many innovations have happened in the world; Rail is old, but we need to bring new technology to the Railways. The new aviation policy, released under this Government, looks at growth of the aviation sector, he added.
Airport Director Sono Marandi said, “At present, flights to Mumbai, Delhi, Goa and Bengaluru are operated at this airport by Air India, Jet Airways, Jet Connect, Indigo and Etihad Airways. We cannot fly directly to far away countries like UK, US, Canada etc. owing to runway constraints. However, (operating) flights to closer foreign destinations like Singapore, Dubai, Bangkok etc. is possible.”
Project in-charge Narendra Kumar Shukla informed that handling of passengers will become much easier now and that boarding will become smoother for flyers. He informed that the new terminal is designed in a flexible way for its feasible use for domestic and international operations.
Later, he will attend a biggest Samajik Adhikarita camps to distribute artificial limbs and other implements to more than 8000 'Divyangs' in the city. The divyangs largely include those from Vadodara and Chhota Udepur districts. Gujarat governor O P Kohli, chief minister Vijay Rupani, Union minister for social justice and empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot, deputy chief minister Nitin Patel as well as other Union and state ministers will attend the event.