Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Now, Rajasthan wants a 'VVIP terminal' at Jaipur airport

New Delhi: VIP lounges at Indian airports for our dignitaries are passe now. The Rajasthan government wants a "VVIP terminal" for its top authorities like the chief minister and governor at the Jaipur airport.
"The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has received a request from the state government of Rajasthan for construction of VVIP Terminal at Jaipur Airport. AAI has already offered 2.5 acres of land to the government of Rajasthan for this purpose," minster of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
A senior AAI official said: "The Rajasthan government has a combined fleet of three or four small aircraft and helicopter. The state administration wanted a separate apron and a small VIP terminal for use by the CM, governor and other dignitaries."
The cost of the VIP terminal, which is yet to be determined, will be borne by the state. "Initially we will give 2.5 acres at the Jaipur airport for the separate apron and VIP terminal. In exchange for this, we will get equal plot of land near the airport. There are huge tracts of land near and next to Jaipur AAirpor where we will expand our facilities. Land for airports is anyway given by states and we do not buy the same," the official said.
18/07/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India