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Jyotiraditya Scindia Lays Foundation Stone of New Terminal Building at Rajahmundry Airport in Andhra Pradesh – News18

The Rajahmundry Airport expansion will be undertaken at a cost of Rs 350 Crore. (Image: ANI)

Along with Scindia, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Gen VK Singh (Retd) were also present at the foundation laying event

Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Sunday laid the foundation stone of the new terminal building at the Rajahmundry Airport in Andhra Pradesh, which is being built to enhance the aviation and economic capabilities of the state. Along with Scindia, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Gen VK Singh (Retd) were also present in the event.

A press statement said, “With the development, Rajahmundry, the ‘Cultural Capital of Andhra Pradesh’, will soon get enhanced air travel facilities and modern amenities. Notably, the city holds significant potential for air travel due to its rich cultural heritage, trade and tourist attractions. The development of air travel infrastructure can greatly enhance its connectivity and accessibility.”

Considering the rapid growth in passenger traffic and saturation of the existing terminal building at the airport, expansion of terminal building is planned for an additional area of 17,029 sqm at a cost of Rs 350 crore, the statement said.

The statement added that after the expansion, the total area of the terminal building will be 21,094 sqm, capable of serving 2,100 passengers during peak hours and 30 lakh passengers annually. Rajahmundry is currently connected to three cities, i.e., Hyderabad, Chennai, and Bengaluru, and handles 126 flight movements per week.

Facilities At The Proposed Airport

The proposed expansion of the airport will have passenger facilities like 28 check-in counters, four conveyor belts in arrival (conversion of the existing terminal into arrival), eight X-Bis machines, three aerobridges and an adequate number of F&B and Retail outlets. Facilities for Divyangjans (Persons with Disabilities) have also been incorporated in the new terminal building as per Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan norms. The city side area of the airport will also be upgraded for parking of 600 (approx) cars.

This proposed building is designed to be energy efficient as enough provisions will be made for the flow of natural light.

“Rajahmundry’s rich heritage and cultural offerings coupled with a new Terminal building will make it a popular destination for tourists seeking an authentic Indian experience,” the PIB press release said.

“The newly upgraded terminal building of the airport will play an important role in the all-round development of Andhra Pradesh, improving its air connectivity and providing better passenger facilities. This will also provide a new impetus to the industry and economy of the region,” the press release said.

The laying of the foundation stone for the new terminal building at Rajahmundry Airport signifies a momentous step towards transforming Andhra Pradesh’s aviation sector and establishing the city as a premier tourist destination. The state-of-the-art facilities, combined with the architectural grandeur of Andhra Pradesh, will leave a lasting impression on travellers from around the world.

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