TIRUPATI: Unusually glitzy decorations will greet Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he arrives here tomorrow to inaugurate the new terminal building at Tirupati airport on the auspicious Vijayadasami day.
The new terminal in an area of 16500 sqm was built at a cost of Rs 175 crore. It has a peak hour handling capacity of 700 passengers. The parking facility is for
300 cars. International flights will take time as the Customs and immigration desks are nt ready.
Governor of Andhra Pradesh E S L Narasimhan, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Nara Chandrababu Naidu, Union Minister of Civil Aviation P Ashok Gajapathi Raju and others will be present for the inauguration. A large number of industrialists are also expected as 500 industrial houses wereb invited. Arrangements have been made to accommodate a gathering of 1.5 lakh people.
The building has been designed in the shape of mythological Garuda (Eagle). A statue is also installed in the airport lounge, of ‘Garuda,' which has an inscription in English, Hindi and Telugu: “The sculpture - while depicting the concept of the building based on the widespread wings of ‘Garuda’, the vahana of Lord Vishnu, popularly known as Lord Venkateswara, the presiding deity of this place, signifying the flights taking off - symbolises the human being unshackling the ‘self’ from the bondage of ‘maya’ and carrying the ‘atman’ (soul) to reach the ultimate bliss of attaining ‘moksha’”.