By Staff Correspondent
Shivamogga, Karnataka: Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the newly constructed Shivamogga Airport alongside various development projects that cost over Rs 3,600 crore. The airport was developed at the cost of approximately Rs 450 crore and is designed to handle 300 passengers per hour in its Passenger Terminal Building, which spans over 4,340 square meters.
The Prime Minister’s emphasis on improving air transportation throughout the country will receive further support with the opening of the Shivamogga Airport. “The new airport is going to open doors of development for Shivamogga, the land of nature, culture, and agriculture,” the Prime Minister said. He highlighted the government’s policies that have led to an unprecedented expansion of the aviation sector and reiterated his vision of affordable air travel under the UDAN scheme.
In a series of tweets, Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya M Scindia congratulated the Prime Minister on the airport’s inauguration, calling it a unique gift for Shivamogga and the entire region. He also noted the significant increase in the number of airports in the country since 2014, doubling from 74 to 148, as well as the night landing facility available at the Shivamogga Airport.
In addition to the airport, the Prime Minister laid the foundation for several development projects, including the Shivamogga – Shikaripura – Ranebennur new Railway line, Koteganguru Railway coaching depot, and road development projects totalling over Rs 215 crore. He also unveiled multi-village schemes worth over Rs 950 crore under the Jal Jeevan Mission and inaugurated 44 Smart City Projects worth over Rs 895 crore in Shivamogga city.
The inauguration of the Shivamogga Airport and associated development projects is a testament to the government’s commitment to promoting economic growth and improving infrastructure throughout the country.