By: Pune Pulse
December 11, 2023
Pune: The construction of the Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram International Airport in Ayodhya is expected to be completed by the end of December, according to Union Minister Jyotiraditya M Scindia. Union Minister Scindia highlighted the government’s commitment to airport development and confirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the airport once it is finished.
The progress of the airport construction was inspected by Scindia, along with Union Minister VK Singh and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
The project, valued at Rs 242 crore, includes the development of a terminal building and the improvement of airside facilities. The newly constructed terminal building spans over an area of 6,500 square meters and is designed to cater to 300 passengers during peak hours and handle an annual passenger capacity of 600,000. It offers various passenger amenities, including 9 check-in counters, 3 conveyor belts, and tactile paths. The architectural design of the terminal building draws inspiration from the iconic Ram Temple, with its interior decor showcasing local art that depicts the life of Shri Ram.
In Phase 2 of the project, an additional terminal building spanning 50,000 square meters will be constructed, while the runway length will be increased from 2200 meters to 3700 meters. The airport aims to not only fulfill its functional requirements but also embody the cultural essence of Ayodhya. Scindia emphasizes the significance of integrating the city’s rich history and culture into the airport’s architectural design.
Phase 1 emphasizes the importance of improving airside facilities, specifically by widening and expanding the runway. Once this phase is completed, the airport will have the capacity to accommodate four Airbus A320 aircraft. To facilitate connectivity, airlines will operate flights from Ayodhya to major cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad during the initial phase. Additional routes will be introduced based on the demand from passengers.