Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday, laid the foundation stone for the extension of terminal building at Surat Airport.
The terminal building is being constructed at a cost of Rs.354 crore with an area of over 25,500 square metres. It will be an eco-friendly sustainable building, using solar energy and LED lighting. Once completed, it will have a peak handling capacity of over 1800 passengers.
Surat airport is the third busiest airport in Gujarat after Ahmedabad and Vadodara in terms of both aircraft movements and passenger traffic.
PM Modi in Dandi:
5:53 pm: Gandhi ji chose cleanliness over freedom, we are marching ahead on Bapu's path, says PM Modi
5:50 pm: This year's Republic Day parade was a tribute to Gandhi Ji. The theme of the tableaux this year revolved around 150th birth anniversary of Bapu: PM Modi
5:47 pm: Gandhi Ji chose cleanliness over freedom. We are marching ahead on the path shown by Bapu: PM
5:45 pm: Bapu knew value of salt, he opposed the British to make salt costly, says PM Modi
5:43 pm: Those raising questions must know that big revolutions are brought with little things, says PM Modi
5:42 pm: Negative people are going to unite now, says PM Modi
5:40 pm: Gandhi ji knew worth of salt, says PM Modi
PM Modi in Surat HIGHLIGHTS:
02:32 pm: India had hung Parliament for 30 yrs and progress was hit. 4 yrs ago people gave majority after which country is progressing: PM Modi
02:31 pm: In four years of our rule, we constructed 1.30 crore houses while in UPA rule they built 25 lakh houses: PM Modi
02:30 pm: Our aim is Sab Ka Saath, Sab Ka Vikas: PM Modi
02:24 pm: Your votes have empowered us to work for the poor. Because you have given us majority that is why we are able to take tough decisions: PM Modi
02:19 pm: Our government has worked for the middle class unlike the previous governments: PM Modi
02:18 pm: Recently an international report stated that in the next 10-15 years, the top-10 fastest developing cities will be from India. And Surat will top the list of those ten cities: PM Modi
02:17 pm: Centre wants life of every one simple and secure: PM Modi
02:15 pm: Now we have more than 400 passport offices compared to only 80 in 2014: PM Modi
02:10 pm: Surat will soon witness surge in investment: PM Modi
Expansion of infrastructure for development has been one of the priorities of the government. Several initiatives have been undertaken in various sectors and aviation sector is among them. In Gujarat, civil aviation infrastructure has not only been strengthened but also air connectivity has been enhanced. These include connecting Kandla to Mumbai and Porbandar to Ahmedabad and Mumbai through UDAN scheme. Development of Greenfield airport at Hirasar, Rajkot, new ATC tower/technical block at Ahmedabad and Vadodara etc. are among them.
In Surat, PM also interacted with the youth at the New India Youth conclave. He will also inaugurat Smt. Rasilaben Sevantilal Shah Venus Hospital and visit the facilities.
PM’s next destination will be Dandi in Navsari district of Gujarat. Here, he will dedicate the National Salt Satyagraha Memorial to the nation, on Bapu’s death anniversary. The memorial has statues of Mahatma Gandhi and 80 Satyagrahis who had marched with him during the historic Dandi Salt March. The memorial also has 24-narrative murals depicting various events and stories from the historic 1930 Salt March. The PM will walk through the memorial and address a public meeting.
The Salt Satyagraha March, well known as the Dandi March of 1930 has been a landmark event in the history of India’s freedom struggle. It was on this day, as a part of the Civil Disobedience Movement against the British rule, 80 Satyagrahis led by Mahatma Gandhi marched 241-miles from Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad to the coastal village of Dandi and made salt from sea water breaking the Salt Law imposed by the British.
It will be the second visit of the Prime Minister to Gujarat this month. Prime Minister Modi earlier visited Surat on 19 January 2019, to dedicate the Armoured System Complex at Hazira. He attended the Vibrant Gujarat summit on January 17 and 18, 2019, at Gandhinagar in Gujarat.