Special Correspondent

It would provide a boost to Rajasthan tourism

JAIPUR: The Confederation of Indian Industry has welcomed recent initiatives by the Union Civil Aviation Ministry and the Rajasthan Government to improve air connectivity in the State.

The newly-inaugurated international terminal building at Jaipur airport would provide a tremendous boost to tourism in the State while the proposed new airport at Kishengarh in Ajmer district would help both business and tourism, it said.

CII Rajasthan chairman Apurv Kumar said the new terminal building at Jaipur airport would lead to more international flights coming to the State Capital.

The terminal would also decongest Jaipur airport and help the neighbouring airports in decongestion, he said.

In fact, in the first meeting the CII had with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot recently after his taking over, the delegates had suggested a short-term agenda for the new government. They had requested the State Government to start the new terminal building in Jaipur, a demand which had been pending for long.

Mr. Kumar said the signing of the MoU to set up an airport at Kishangarh and to convert 16 air strips to airports elsewhere in Rajasthan is a highly appreciable step. “Ajmer is well known for the Dargah Sharif and the holy town of Pushkar while Kishengarh as such is a big marble and granite market. This means that the airport will lead to increased tourism as well as increase in business,” he said.

Similarly Kishangarh airport will be near the major hub of textile industry, Bhilwara, as well as to the well known marble trading and mining centre Makrana in Nagaur district, he pointed out.