President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday inaugurated a new integrated terminal of Swami Vivekanand Airport at Raipur and dedicated it to the nation.
Speaking on the occasion, he wished the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Airports Authority of India all success in their endeavours for building state-of-the-art infrastructure in the country.
The President said that it is of critical importance that airports are built across India that conform to international standards and are safe, efficient and comfortable as well as convenient to passengers.
"Airports serve as gateways to the country. They are economic magnets, which help further development and growth of the region where they are located," said the president.
He also stated that air travel is no longer a luxury or the exclusive privilege of the rich and the rapid expansion of aviation in India have provided significant impetus to the economy.
The president expressed his hope that the new terminal will not only support growth and prosperity of the state but also that of the country as a whole and the Chhattisgarh Government, with the help of Civil Aviation Ministry and Airports Authority of India will develop more airports in the State. (ANI)