Prime Minister Modi inaugurates Port Blair Airport’s new integrated terminal building

Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated the integrated terminal building at Port Blair’s Veer Savarkar International Airport on Tuesday.

The new facility, which will cost around Rs 710 billion to build, will play a key role in improving connectivity to the island. With a total built-up area of ​​around 40,800 square meters, the building will be able to carry around 50,000 passengers a year.

“The new integrated terminal building of Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair will facilitate travel, do business and strengthen connectivity,” Prime Minister Modi said.

The project also contains subtle political messages: the new terminal is named Veer Savarkar, symbolizing Vikas (development) and honoring a historical figure whose memory was insulted in the past when the BJP was not in power.

In his address to the nation after the virtual inauguration of the new terminal building, the prime minister criticized the previous government, saying “dynastic parties have never focused on development.” Opposition parties only interested in personal gain. BJP corrected mistakes made by opposition parties.”

“Our government has allocated 48,000 crore rupees for the development of the Andaman Islands in nine years, double the previous government’s spending.

“The flow of tourists to the Andaman has doubled since 2014 and is set to increase many times over in the coming years,” Prime Minister Modi added.

The Prime Minister also addressed the ongoing opposition meeting in Bengaluru. “People say that this (Bengaluru opposition meeting) is a gathering to promote corruption. The opposition’s ‘mantra’ is – by, through and for the family,” he said.

The three-storey building will be equipped with 28 check-in counters, three passenger boarding bridges and four conveyor belts.

The architectural design of the airport terminal resembles a shell-shaped structure representing the sea and islands.

The new airport terminal building incorporates a number of sustainability features such as a double insulated roof system to reduce heat gain, skylights to maximize sunlight penetration during the day to reduce artificial light use in the building, and LED lighting
and low heat gain glazing, it said.

Rainwater collection in an underground water tank, an on-site treatment plant that reuses 100 percent of the treated wastewater for landscaping, and a 500 kW solar power plant are other features of the terminal building to reduce the negative impact on the islands to keep as low as possible ‘ environment.

The spacious new integrated terminal building will boost air travel and help boost tourism in the region, the PMO said, adding it will also help create better job opportunities for the local community and boost the region’s economy.

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