A new green terminal has opened at Vadodara Airport in Gujarat, India, in order to increase its passenger handling capacity.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the terminal, which has helped Vadodara to become India’s second green airport after Kochi Airport in Kerala.

The new terminal has been designed and built by Airport Authority of India (AAI) with an investment of INR1.6bn ($24m).

"A new aviation policy has been released under this government which looks at growth of the sector."

Modi was quoted by Indian Express as saying: “A new aviation policy has been released under this government which looks at growth of the sector.

“We have limitless opportunities when it comes to tourism in India. I am sure that Vadodara will contribute to that.”

Spread over an area of 18,120m², the new terminal is equipped with advanced security applications, energy-saving cooling systems, a rainwater harvesting unit, a  fire safety alarm and 18 check-in counters.

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The terminal is expected to increase Vadodara Airport’s passenger handling capacity from 450 to 700 during peak hours.

Airport Authority of India Chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra was quoted by Business Standard as saying: “As part of the modernisation of the airports in India, we have developed this new terminal at the Vadodara airport, which will enable the airport to handle international passengers traffic.”

AAI officials said that currently no international flights are flying in and out of Vadodara, but the new terminal might enable  international flights to the city by 2017.