The much-awaited Chandigarh International Airport will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a brief ceremony on September 11.
According to sources, the Prime Minister will devote only around 15 minutes for the inauguration due to his tight schedule. In his brief stay at the new terminal, the PM will take a quick round of the building before heading to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) to attend the annual convocation. The PM will also address a rally at the Sector-25 Rally Ground.
The airport offering both domestic and international flights has come over 308-acre land at Jheurheri village, SAS Nagar, with a cost of `452 crore.
Preparations are in full swing for the inauguration and the ministry of civil aviation secretary RN Choubey on September 1 had visited the airport to take stock of arrangements.
The SAS Nagar administration is carrying out the beautification work outside the airport, especially the airport road. Saplings of decorative plants are being planted along the road, and tight security arrangements have been put in place.
Even after inauguration of the Chandigarh International Airport, all 26 flights will continue to operate from the existing airport, as the Airport Authority of India (AAI) is yet to decide the date of making it operational.
The operations of the international airport will be run under the joint venture Chandigarh International Airport Limited (CHIAL), in which the AAI has 51% stake with the remaining being equally shared by Punjab and Haryana (24.5% each).
The AAI has invested in the construction of the terminal building, taxiway and other related infrastructure, while Punjab and Haryana have contributed by way of transferring 308 acres of land to it. The airport has two floors - the first floor for departure and the ground floor for arrival. To depict the culture of the two states, a number of traditional paintings have been put up on the premises.