Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Strings attached

Sometimes doing a good thing is not the same as doing the right thing. The new international terminal at Vadodara is a case in point. There is no denying that it’s a good step, but opinions are divided as to whether it’s the right one.

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates the newly erected integrated terminal at the Vadodara airport on October 22, it will pave the way for international flights to directly connect the ‘cultural capital’ of the state with the world. Designed to be energy efficient, the new terminal will make Vadodara airport India's second green airport after Chandigarh.

The project, started in 2011, was developed with an investment of ₹160 crore as part of a Central initiative to modernise existing airports. This will make it Gujarat's second-ranked airport after Sardar Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad.

For Prime Minister Modi, Vadodara bears a special significance, as it is the place from where he was elected to the Lok Sabha with a record margin of over 5.7 lakh votes.

With so much going for the Vadodara international terminal, what could then be the issue? The problem, experts say, is that it’s too close to other international airports, especially Ahmedabad.
18/10/16 The Hindu Business Line

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