INDIA (eTN) – Prime Minister N. Modi of India on October 22 inaugurated the new eco-friendly and energy-efficient integrated terminal building at the Tirupati Airport, in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, where he also laid the foundation stone for a new capital at Amravati.
The airport building has a capacity to handle 700 pax at peak hour – 500 domestic and 200 international.
The 16,500-square-meter building has a basement of 5,500 square meters and is built on 1,045 acres.
Tirupati is one of the most popular pilgrim tourism centers in the world, attracting over 10 million devotees each year from within the country and abroad. It is also known for being managed well. Modi said that the government will give much stress to tourism growth, as it helps to also create jobs.
The new capital at Amravati has attracted investment from Singapore and Japan as well, and the first phase will be completed in 10 years.
The old state of Andhra Pradesh has been divided into Telengana and Andhra, hence the need for a new capital.