Bhopal: Union Minister for Civil Aviation
Vayalar Ravi on Tuesday inaugurated the new terminal of the Raja
Bhoj International Airport here.
Speaking on the occasion, Ravi said with the opening of
the new airport terminal at the Raja Bhoj airport, the
industrial development in Madhya Pradesh could go up as it
will operate international flights, after Indore in the state.
After inaugurating the Rs 135-crore Integrated Terminal
Building (ITB), the minister also assured he would speak to
the concerned departments for the opening of excise and
customs counters in ITB.
Ravi urged the state government to reduce the tax on fuel
used by aircrafts and said there was a need to have an
air-connectivity between Madhya Pradesh and other states.
The minister said he would also ask the national carrier,
Air India to increase the number of flights in the state.
Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath, who was also
present on the occasion, said the new international airport
would help increase employment opportunities.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the state
government had given 400 acres of land for the international
Governor Rameshwar Thakur, local MP Kailash Joshi, Urban
Development Minister Babulal Gaur and local MLAs Dhruv Narayan
Singh and Vishwas Sarang were also present on the occasion.
The new airport terminal is built over an area of 26,936
sq metres and the ITB has 14 check-in counters, four
immigration counters for departures and 6 immigration counters
It also has two customs counters, each for arrival and
departure, and six X-ray machines for security. The runway at
the airport has also been expanded from 6,000 ft to 9,000 ft.
The airport has night landing facilities, an Instrument
Landing System (ILS) and will get a new fire station and
control tower soon.