India is obliged to have Prime Minster ‘Narendra Modi’ virtually inaugurate the new integrated terminal building of Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair on 18th July, 2023 at 10:30 AM. This new terminal built has cost around 710 crore and will be capable of handling 50 lakhs passengers annually.
This will ensure easier travel to Andaman and Nicobar Island. This will be big boost for tourism. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that how Andaman and Nicobar Island has been a pearl of India’s ancient history. The new airport terminal is well designed in a shell-shaped structure depicting seas and island. It acquires features of double-insulated roofing, skylights, low heat gain glazing and LED lighting. It has underground water tank, on-site sewage treatment plant. The new terminal also houses an Apron capable of housing two Boeing and two Airbus. The entire terminal will have 100 percent natural lighting for 12 hours a day which will be achieved through skylights. The three-storey building will be equipped with 28 checks in counters, three passengers boarding bridges and four conveyor belts. According to release by PMO- Prime Minister office the spacious new terminal will lead to boosting air traffic and tourism while leading to creating employment opportunities for the local communities. Building has been constructed while ensuring minimal negative impact on island’s environment.
After virtually inaugurating the terminal building, Modi delivered a heartwarming speech mentioning the significance of this construction and all it’s benefits in the future. The delegation will go on a tour and may also visit the Cellular jail before leaving port Blair.
Under PM Modi’s leadership the country’s aircraft fleet has been expanded from 400 to 700. The Greenfield airport has also expanded to 14 airports and within the next 3-4 years airports would expand to 200. Thus, this new terminal building is expected to be a huge success of India by playing a key role in boosting connectivity of the island union territory.