Union minister, Praful Patel inaugurated the new airport terminal at Ozar, around 20 km from Nashik city, on Monday, along with state Public Works Department (PWD) minister Chhagan Bhujbal and state revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat.
The Nashik airport will definitely help in decongestion of air traffic at Mumbai — especially now, when the new airport has been opened. The situation will help the industrial, agricultural and tourism growth in the district. We understood this, and our design respects Nashik’s heritage with a shape inspired by the gateway arch and reflecting the future through modern materials like glass, steel, and metal roof. A sense of grandeur is induced with an imposing structure and a gigantic seamless curve. The new airport terminal connects more people across the globe to the exciting city of Nashik and provide a future of economic growth and tourism.
Due to the huge inflow of people into Nashik during the famous Kumbhmela every six and 12 years, its proximity to Shirdi (a popular religious destination), and strong political support, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Government of Maharashtra and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was created to develop a civil aviation facility at HAL’s Aircraft and Overhaul Division in Nashik. The Government of Maharashtra is responsible for constructing an airport terminal building, and Stantec is functioning as design consultant for this important project.
An airport terminal is invariably conceived as a gateway to the city and is a matter of pride and symbol of growth for its people. The state government and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) have jointly upgraded the Ozar airport at a cost of Rs 94 crore — with the state spending Rs 84 crore, while Rs 10 crore was HAL’s expenditure on the project. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the government and HAL was signed in March 2011.
The new terminal, spread over 22 acres, with 8,267 sq metre built-up area, offers international-standard amenities. Around six planes can land here simultaneously. The air-conditioned building has a seating capacity of 300 passengers. The runway is 3.5 km in length and 60 metres in width.
The terminal is located around 20 km from Nashik. Road connectivity from the city to the airport has improved due to widening of the Mumbai-Agra National Highway 3, reducing travel time from 45 minutes to 15-20 minutes. The new airport is of greater importance of in the “balanced development” of the country. Airports boost regional development and the construction of such an airport boasting of modern technology, architecture and facilities will only bring in more visitors and flights to Nashik and assist in the development of the region.
To start with, we hope to see hopping flights to Surat, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad and other areas from Nashik in the near future. As the traffic picks up, the airport will be a boost to the agricultural sector and tourism, especially during the forthcoming Kumbh Mela.