Thursday, October 29, 2020

Residents to shift temple for airport taxi track

Surat: After years of tussle, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) finally convinced the residents of Dumas and Bhimpore villages to agree to shift a small temple of Goddess Amba to make way for the much-awaited work on a parallel taxi track in Surat airport.

With citizens relenting to shifting of the temple, AAI will construct a new temple outside the operational area of extension of the apron and construction work is likely to start soon. A tender for shifting and construction of the temple has already been issued on October 23 and AAI will invest Rs 10 lakh to construct and complete the new temple within two months.

Airport director Aman Saini said, “The shifting of the temple will pave way for the construction of a parallel taxi track.”

The apron and parallel taxi track will be 2,905 metre long and 30 metre wide at the airport. The Rs 63 crore worth work was awarded on July 31, 2019 with a target to complete on February 2, 2021.

However, work got stalled due to the people’s opposition to shifting the temple, popularly known as the Laalbai Mata temple, which has been existing there for many years now. Every year, devotees from nearby villages in Bhimpore and Dumas flock to the temple during Navratri festival to offer their prayers.

29/10/20 Times of India

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