Shri Jyotiraditya M Scindia, Minister of Civil Aviation and Steel, together with Shri Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, and Gen. V K Singh (Rtd.), MoS Ministry of Civil Aviation and Road Transport and Highways, inaugurated a new Civil Enclave at Kanpur Airport today. The upgraded facility boasts enhanced passenger capacity, marking a significant step towards improved connectivity and infrastructure.
Visionary Leadership and Development in Uttar Pradesh
During his address, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, recognizing the visionary leadership that is propelling the creation of a "New Uttar Pradesh." He emphasized that the state's development extends beyond basic public infrastructure and is now reaching new heights in the civil aviation sector. Adityanath also stressed the importance of honouring the rich culture and history of the region. The newly unveiled Terminal Building at Kanpur Airport exemplifies this commitment, featuring intricate engravings of ancient temples in Kanpur.
Connectivity in Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister Adityanath set an ambitious target for the state, stating that Uttar Pradesh aims to have an airport at nearly every commissionerate level in the future, further bolstering connectivity across the region.
In his inaugural address, Minister Jyotiraditya M Scindia lauded the joint efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in expanding civil aviation infrastructure throughout Uttar Pradesh. He highlighted the remarkable progress achieved in the state, noting that the number of operational airports has increased from six in 2014 to nine today.
Minister Scindia also shared plans for upcoming airports in Jhansi, Jewar, Ayodhya, and other regions, which will bring the total count to 22. This transformation has been made possible through the cooperative efforts and vision of the double-engine government, aiming to make air travel accessible and affordable for all.
Key Features of the New Terminal Building
Gen. V K Singh (Rtd.), Minister of State for Civil Aviation and Road Transport and Highways, commended the exemplary modernization of Kanpur Terminal. He emphasized the significant increase in the airport's capacity, enabling it to handle over 200 passengers, compared to the previous limit of 50.
The new Terminal Building spans an expansive area of 6243 sqm, which is sixteen times larger than the previous terminal. It features eight check-in counters, three conveyor belts for efficient baggage handling, and a spacious concessionaire area covering 850 square meters. The terminal also provides tactile path provisions to facilitate easy navigation for visually impaired passengers. Additionally, ample parking spaces for cars and buses have been created on the city side of the terminal.
New Terminal Building Sustainability Features
The New Terminal Building at Kanpur Airport incorporates various sustainability features, showcasing a commitment to environmental responsibility. These include a double-insulated roofing system, energy-saving canopies, LED lighting, low heat gain double glazing units, rainwater harvesting for groundwater replenishment, a water treatment plant, sewage treatment plant, and the use of recycled water for landscaping.
Solar Power Plant
Furthermore, a solar power plant with a capacity of 100 KWp has been installed to meet the GRIHA–IV ratings, a national green building rating system that signifies sustainable development and responsible resource management.
Sustainability and Cultural Integration
Architecturally, the Terminal Building harmoniously blends with Kanpur's cultural heritage. Its facade draws inspiration from the temple architecture of the renowned JK Temple in the city. Inside, the Terminal Building incorporates local themes based on textiles, leather industries, and celebrated public figures of Kanpur, such as poet Shyamlal Gupta and sage Maharishi Valmiki. The design aims to create a sense of place and integrate the rich culture and heritage of Kanpur and Uttar Pradesh for visitors.
Dignitaries and Presence at the Event
The inauguration ceremony witnessed the presence of several distinguished guests, including Shri Satish Mahana, Speaker of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Shri Rakesh Sachan, Minister of MSME, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Ms Pratibha Shukla, Minister of Women and Child Development, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Ajit Pal Singh, Minister of Electronic and Information Technology, Government of Uttar Pradesh, as well as Members of Parliament Shri Devendra Singh, Shri Satyadev Pachauri, and Shri Ashok Rawat. Officials from the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Airports Authority of India, and the Government of Uttar Pradesh were also present, making the event a grand success.
With the upgraded Civil Enclave at Kanpur Airport, the city takes a significant stride towards enhanced connectivity and infrastructure, fostering economic growth and tourism. The modernized Terminal Building not only serves as a functional hub but also showcases the rich heritage and aspirations of Uttar Pradesh, firmly placing it on the map of progress and development.