Cabinet nod for Intl Airport in Varanasi at Rs 2,869 cr budget

New Delhi, June 19 (UNI) The Union Cabinet Wednesday approved development of Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport in Varanasi, the Parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at a cost of Rs 2,869 crore, a move that will give boost to tourism in the pilgrimage city also known as Kashi.

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Modi approved the proposal of Airports Authority of India (AAI) for development of Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, Varanasi including Construction of New Terminal Building, Apron Extension, Runway Extension, Parallel Taxi Track and Allied works, an official statement said.

The estimated financial outgo will be Rs 2,869.65 crore for enhancing the passenger handling capacity of the airport to 9.9 million passengers per annum (MPPA) from the existing 3.9 MPPA, it said.

The New Terminal Building, which encompasses an area of 75,000 sqm is designed for a capacity of 6 MPPA and for handling 5,000 Peak Hour Passengers (PHP). It is designed to offer a glimpse of the vast cultural heritage of the city.

The proposal includes extending the runway to dimensions 4075m x 45m and constructing a new Apron to park 20 aircraft.

Varanasi airport will be developed as a green airport with the primary objective of ensuring environmental sustainability through energy optimization, waste recycling, carbon footprint reduction, solar energy utilization, and incorporation of natural daylighting, alongside other sustainable measures throughout the planning, development, and operational stages.

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