Ahmedabad: Gujarat will get 11 new airports
to provide easy connectivity to major pilgrimage sites
in the state, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said here
"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 to develop
human resources, be it ground staff or pilots along with
infrastructure, as both were inadequate.
"We have not been able to match the growth of flyers
in terms of infrastructure and human resource," he said.
Modi also said that there was need for more security
personnel at airports. "We see long queues of people waiting
for security check at airport here, which suggests that there
is need to increase the number of security personnel," he
The Chief Minister also suggested to the aviation
ministry that the airport terminal be used to generate solar
energy by installing solar panels on terminal roofs and
He also said that every airport should have its own
rainwater harvesting system.
On suggestion of Union Minister of Micro, Small and
Medium Industries, Dinsha Patel that there should a statue of
Sardar Patel at the airport, Modi said "I would go a step
"Besides a statue, there should be a touch screen
kiosk at every airport, containing profile of the leader it is
named after. We shall begin this from here at Sardar Patel
During the inauguration, the leaders from Gujarat
demanded resumption of Ahmedabad-London direct flight.
Union Aviation Minister Praful Patel who was the chief
guest during the function said that he would take up the
matter when his ministry finalises new schedules in October.