Ahmedabad: Gujarat will get 11 new
airports to provide air connectivity to major pilgrimage sites
in the state and to promote tourism, Gujarat Chief Minister
Narendra Modi said here Sunday.
"The Gujarat government is working on 11 new airports
which would come up at pilgrim places like Palitana
(Bhavnagar), Dwarka (Jamnagar) and Ambaji (Banaskantha)," Modi
said after inaugurating the new terminal at the Sardar
Vallabhbhai Patel airport here.
"Gujarat has some 20 small and big airports, and to
promote tourism we need better air connectivity. We have also
floated our own Aviation company to develop infrastructure,"
he said, adding that his government would soon come up with
an aviation policy.
Modi said that the state government has been
approached by a company offering to provide intra-state air
"The company would run air service between districts.
They have sought permission from the Centre for import of
small planes," he added.
Modi also pointed out that there was need for more
human resource development, be it ground staff or pilots along
with infrastructure, as both were inadequate.
"We have not been able to match the growth of fliers
in terms of infrastructure and human resource," he said.