India: First Green Airport of Gujarat Opening Next Month


India’s second green airpot is set to open in Gujarat, the nation’s westernmost state, in the city of Vadodara. The finished project will become fully operational by the end of  July and officially inaugurated in August.

The office of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is has been in charge of monitoring progress on the project. The airport, four times bigger than the city’s current one at Harni, is expected to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister himself.

The project is part of efforts made by the government to modernise existing airports. The aim is to improve infrastructure and bring local airports up to par with their international counterparts. Currently, Vadodara counts with a domestic terminal, but it struggles to handle a large number of passengers.

The building was rated using the Green Ratings of International Habitat Assessment (GRIHA). GRIHA is the highest national rating issued by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). it was developed in collaboration with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

The finished construction will span 18,120 sq metres. According to officials it will hold 18 check-in counters and have a maximum capacity of up to 700 passengers per hour.

N. K. Shukla, general manager of projects, reiterated that all works will be completed by the end of the month and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi may inaugurate the project in August.

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