Infrastructure developer Tata Projects Ltd has completed building Prayagraj Airport in Allahabad in 11 months and it was commissioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

According to a statement from Tata Projects, after the inauguration, the Prime Minister appreciated the Minister of Civil Aviation and officials of the Airports Authority of India for completing the construction of this new airport in just 11 months. The New Airport Complex of Bamrauli Airport has been developed by the Airports Authority of India, at a cost of ₹164 crore.

Modern terminal

The airport belongs to the Indian Air Force and the AAI maintains a civil enclave there. The previous civil enclave had an area of 0.8 acres with limited operations through a small Terminal Building. There was no scope for expansion of the terminal building at the present location. Hence, a New Airport Complex with a modern terminal building has been constructed.

The Uttar Pradesh Government acquired and handed over 50 acres to the Airports Authority of India for the development of the New Airport Complex.

The New Passenger Terminal Building, centrally air-conditioned, with an area of 6,700 sq m, is planned to handle 300 peak hour passengers at a time. The terminal building is equipped with all essential passenger-friendly amenities.

Tourism boost

The Prime Minister said the airport will boost tourism to the region and create employment opportunities. “We have plans to construct 100 more airports like Prayagraj in the country,” he said.

The airport has been constructed under UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik) scheme that the Government introduced to enable air operations to unserved routes, connecting regional areas, to promote balanced regional growth and to make flying affordable for the masses.