Indore: To improve air connectivity across the state, all 50 districts will have airstrips in near future. This was announced by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan while addressing an inaugural ceremony of the new terminal building of Devi Ahilya Bai airport on Saturday.
Promising speedy development of infrastructure, Chouhan said that at present only 22 districts in the state had airstrips and the same would be developed in remaining districts as well. The CM also urged the centre to accord international status to Indore airport and start a cargo facility at Indore, so that industries and farmers of the state could be benefited.
Civil Aviation minister Ajit Singh, who inaugurated the new terminal, said that the new integrated terminal building of Indore airport was equipped with all necessary amenities. International airport status would be granted to it shortly after completing some formalities, added Singh. The minister too favored the idea of converting old terminal into a cargo terminal saying that the state had vast potential in textile, information technology and tourism. Union minister of state for commerce and industry Jyotiraditya Scindia termed the commencement of new terminal building as a historic achievement.
The new terminal, built at a cost of Rs135 crore, has a capacity to handle 700 air travelers and 12 aircraft at a time. The terminal is equipped with a sewage treatment plant facility for minimizing consumption of water and state-of-the-art rain water harvesting facility. The terminal building has been built with loop glasses which help in utilizing natural light to maximum. The complex has received 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certifications.