PM inaugurates new terminal at Chennai Airport
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new Integrated Terminal Building (Phase-1) of Chennai International Airport and flagged off the Chennai-Coimbatore Vande Bharat Express in Chennai on Saturday, reports HT.
After flagging off the Secunderabad-Tirupati Vande Bharat Express and laying the foundation stone for about five projects during his visit to Hyderabad, Modi arrived in Chennai, where he was received by Tamil Nadu governor RN Ravi and chief minister MK Stalin. The PM was also accompanied by Union Ministers Jyotiraditya Scindia, Ashwini Vaishnaw and L Murugan during the inauguration.
At a function at the Dr MGR Chennai Central Railway Station, the inaugural run of the Vande Bharat Express which is equipped with modern features and passenger amenities, was flagged off. The train is expected to significantly reduce travel time between Chennai and Coimbatore by more than an hour. During the event, Modi also interacted with school students who were present on the train.
The newly inaugurated terminal of Chennai International Airport, which cost INR 1,260 crore, is expected to significantly increase the airport’s passenger capacity from 23 million Passengers Per Annum (MPPA) to 30 MPPA. The government had earlier released a statement, highlighting the importance of the new terminal in accommodating the growing number of passengers and contributing to the development of the aviation sector in the region.
“The new terminal is a striking reflection of the local Tamil culture, incorporating traditional features such as the Kolam, saree, temples, and other elements that highlight the natural surroundings,” the government statement said.
During his visit, Modi shared a friendly moment with Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin while touring the new terminal building of Chennai International Airport. The two leaders were seen holding hands and smiling while going around the terminal. (Source: HT)