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spotlight

Remembering the days of Indian Independence

heritage

A taste of royalty at West Bengal's iconic rajbaris

update

Surat Airport scales new heights

AgAtti Airport

a gateway to the blue lagoons of Lakshadweep

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Chairman's Note

Hyderabad, to find solutions for enhanced safety, capacity and efficiency of aircraft operations in the country. The foundation stone for CARO was laid by Sh. Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation. AAI has also collaborated with the Indian Navy to augment the existing Air Traffic Control facilities in Goa’s Dabolim Airport. We have also signed an MoU with the General Civil Aviation Authority of the UAE for Civil Aviation cooperation. Talking about expansions and airport upgradations, we take pride in announcing that the Chennai Airport's modernisation project has been approved at a cost of `2,467 crores. Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra Chairman, AAI

Chennai Airport’s new Integrated Terminal Building is a redevelopment of existing old terminals T2 and T3, which will be catering to both domestic and

Our works across airports have received a lot of accolades too. Recently the Vadodara Airport won the top honour from INSDAG (Ministry of Steel) for superior structural steel design. Now, the airport aims to go green by resorting to solar power for day-to-day operations. The Chandigarh Airport too received a Certificate of Commendation for its structural steel design. Apart from providing services for enhanced airport experiences, we also believe in ensuring the wellbeing of air travellers. Recently, an AAI staff successfully revived a passenger at the Ahmedabad Airport's arrival hall who tried committing suicide and was found with a note authenticating the same. The passenger is recuperating and is stable now. In another instance, swift action by AAI officials saved the life of a passenger travelling in a Delhi-Pune IndiGo flight.

The Vadodara Airport won the top honour from INSDAG (Ministry of Steel) for superior structural steel design. Now, the airport aims to go green by resorting to solar power for day-to-day operations

Dear Readers The Indian aviation industry has been growing at an exponential pace against a backdrop of rapid economic development, coupled with the burgeoning middleclass and continuously evolving consumer preferences making the future of air travel even brighter. Keeping in line, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is constantly striving to make passengers airport experience better. Giving safety utmost importance, AAI is setting up a world-class Civil Aviation Research Organisation (CARO) in

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international passengers. Flanked by the existing Terminal 1 and Terminal 4 and aligned with access to the metro station, the single terminal design will be a landmark and a visual treat at the redeveloped Chennai International Airport. Transforming Indian airports to more than transit points, AAI’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad has got an installation of animal figurines, replicating the world-famous Gir National Park. We are not only beautifying our airports but are also making them future-ready. A new RADAR Surveillance System was inaugurated at the Imphal International Airport to enhance surveillance coverage for sustaining massive projected air traffic growth. The Coimbatore Airport also opened a new domestic cargo terminal, enabling faster and convenient cargo operations.

The flight was diverted to Indore Airport as the passenger suffered a cardiac arrest. AAI promptly provided the patient with a doctor, MI Room and an ICU ambulance till the hospital. There are reasons to rejoice for AAI as Lakshya Sen, junior badminton player and an AAI contract player, recently won India’s first Men’s singles Gold Medal in 53 years at the Asian Junior Badminton Championships 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is the third Indian to win a Gold Medal in Asian Junior Badminton Championship so far. We hope that our endeavours to serve our patrons is well received. Enjoy the new version of Airports India magazine with a fresh layout and exciting reads within. Keep reading Airports India!


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Inbound

Gangtok, capital of Sikkim, is nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas

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Spotlight

Places that played a significant role in India's freedom movement

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Adventure

Gir National Park is a must-visit for its Asiatic lions


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Words of

Encouragement

20 Landing

Interesting facts about AAI's Agatti Airport, Lakshadweep

22 Diary

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan's take on his favourite airports

24 Airline Focus

Trujet CEO Vishok Mansingh on UDAN and aviation industry

52 Heritage

Royal stays in West Bengal have stood the testimony of time

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Sitting at Arrival Area of Biju Patnaik International Airport and believe me, it is wonderful This airport is breathtakingly beautiful, is spotless clean and efficient. It has an attractive architecture, is spacious and clean with proper ventilation. @aaibpairport @AAI_Official @ CMO_Odisha @RAMESHA88542997 Bhubaneswar Airport had impressed me with the cleanliness and ambience. The staff are very humble and caring; love the rapidly growing airport of Bhubaneswar, a front runner in Eastern India. @AAI_Official keep up the good work. @BiswajitM13 Thank you AAI for the worldclass infrastructure. Prateek Kumar

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Within few hours, I received a call from Commandant LK Haokip from Guwahati Airport acknowledging the incident and assuring me of resolving this. Such prompt response is highly appreciated and I am grateful to everyone involved including @AAI_Official and @ CISFHQrs

Detour

Indulge in these activities for a rejuvenating vacation

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ON THE COVER

AAI Updates 14 Latest news of

AAI and the Civil Aviation industry

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Phase 2 to be an energy-efficient building

Agatti Airport Photo: Rajiv Srivastava

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UDAN scheme of government has made a massive difference to a city like Hubli. Air India, Indigo, Spicejet have connected it to major cities of India. IT/Entrepreneurship potential of the region has blossomed & ecosystem for IIT Dharwar to succeed has been created. @amitabhk87 @AAI_Official deserves a compliment for running this counter at #Patna airport. Water is still at Rs 10 and coffee at Rs 20. @vidyarthee @talhaarahman Some tweets have been restructured for better readability

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happenings

mark your calendar A list of events and fairs taking place in the month of August

August 10-12, New Delhi

National Festival of Music and Dance

Part of the Parampara Series, the National Festival of Music and Dance represents finest dance productions of recent times, and musical concerts by legendary artists like Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Abhishek Raghuram, etc. The audience will get to witness two concerts of dance and music every evening.

August 11, Alleppey, Kerala

Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race

One of the most exciting boat races of the state, it is a spectacular show of long boats gliding across the water. Thousands of spectators gather at Punnamada lake in Alleppey to witness the tough fight between competitors.

August 26, Across India

Raksha Bandhan

On the day of Raksha Bandhan, sisters tie a sacred thread on the wrist of their brothers, known as rakhi. In return, the brother vows to protect her sister. This festival is marked with joyous family gatherings, exchanging of gifts etc.

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August 15, Across India

Independence Day

Commemorating India's Independence, the Red Fort in Delhi is a hotspot for all to witness flag hoisting with a 21 Gun Salute, a performance by the Indian Army band and an address to the nation by the Prime Minister.

August 17-18, Kovalam, Chennai

Covelong Point Surf, Music, Yoga Festival

Be witness to interesting surfing events, pristine beaches and music concerts at the festival. Thrilling surfing competitions, yoga camps and music concerts are the highlight of this festival.

August 24-27, Tarnetar, Gujarat

Tarnetar Fair

Showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Gujarat, Tarnetar fair is a cultural extravaganza held around the temple of Triniteshwar Mahadev. During this fair, villagers, clad in traditional attire, perform folk dances and enthralling stunts. Helmed by Gujarat tourism, one can find several stalls of handicrafts and local food delicacies.

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AIR intel

The newest happenings from AAI and the aviation industry collaboration of AAI and Indian Navy

Continuing with its constant endeavour to ensure highest level of safety, operational efficiency and enhancing airspace capacity, AAI has decided to augment the existing Air Traffic Control facilities of Indian Navy at Dabolim Airport, Goa, which includes provision of real time data of air traffic operating in the airspace adjoining Goa airspace.

AAI signs Mou with nepal Recently, a technical delegation headed by A.K. Dutta, Member (ANS) from AAI met the Nepali delegation led by Sh. Narendra Bahadur Thapa, DDG, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. An MoU was signed in Kathmandu between the two entities relating to air routes, LoAs and newer technologies.

Annual conference A two-day Annual Conference of AAI top executives was inaugurated on June, 13, 2018 by Sh. Jayant Sinha, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, at the Indian Aviation Academy, New Delhi. This conference provides a platform to the entire AAI top brass to interact and share the experiences and ideas to sync the organisationwide working with its Corporate Plan, Vision and Mission in line with the greater objectives of customer focus and ease of travel on which the Government has been concentrating since unveiling the National Civil Aviation Policy in 2016.

Agreement for SKYBOOKS360 AAI has signed an agreement with Maharashtra Airport Development Company Ltd. (MADC) for providing SKYBOOKS360 - a comprehensive e-business accounting solution for MADC and other airports in Maharashtra. Speaking on the occasion, S. Suresh, Member (Finance), AAI, emphasised that the technology – SKYBOOKS360 will help the state government in managing the small airports going live for Regional Connectivity Scheme - UDAN in an efficient and professional manner.

A Golden Moment Junior badminton player Lakshya Sen, supported by AAI, won India’s first men’s Singles Gold in 53 years at the Asia Junior Badminton Championships in Jakarta. The feat is only the second for India in the men's singles category since Gautam Thakkar's gold way back in the 1965 edition of the tournament.

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Civilian drones likely to fly Drones for civilian purposes are likely to start flying in India from October onwards, a senior official said, as the Civil Aviation Ministry expects to soon put in place the regulatory framework for unmanned aerial vehicles. The use of drones by civilians is currently restricted by aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Civil Aviation Secretary R.N. Choubey said the ministry is working on putting in place a system wherein registration and flying permission for civilian drones will be done online.

AAI Cares

7 ATRs, 20 new destinations for Trujet Going ahead with a major expansion drive, the Hyderabadbased schedule commercial airliner, Trujet is in plans to add 7 aircraft to its existing fleet of five and 20 new destinations by March 2019.

“Over the last three years, we have established operations and are now looking to expand to new destinations as a part of the government's efforts to provide regional connectivity to tier II and tier III cities.​​All five aircraft it operates are ATR-72 and the addition of 7 new ones will also be ATRs,” Vishok Mansingh, CEO of Trujet, was quoted as saying.

The airline now connects to 14

destinations and has firmed up plans to add 20 new destinations as a part of

$3.1 billion (approx `21,344 crore), as the carrier embarks on ambitious expansion plans, including flying overseas.

Jet Airways to buy 75 Boeing 737

UDAN's

regional connectivity scheme.

Increasing Fleet of Vistara Vistara airlines recently announced that it is placing orders for a total of 19 Airbus and Boeing aircraft worth

To drive impact for the community, AAI will provide a financial support of `1.25 crore to district hospital authorities. The emergency medical facilities emerging from the funds will meet all the immediate needs of expectant women.

Jet Airways ordered 75 additional 737 MAX 8 planes from Boeing, valued at over $8 billion at current list prices, as it looks to expand its network to meet surging demand, the two companies said in a joint statement. The two companies inked the pact at the recently concluded Farnborough International Airshow.

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reader's corner

for the bibliophiles

Get your hands on the latest book releases of the month by noted authors Scent of a Story: A Newspaperman’s Journey

HarperCollins India Combining biography and memoir, Shankar Ghosh writes of his father’s life as a journalist in his father’s own voice. As the longest-serving and the first Indian editor of the second-oldest English newspaper in India, The Pioneer, his father Dr S.N. Ghosh’s career matched step with the most profound changes in modern history, including India’s coming of age as an independent nation.

As a reporter, Dr Ghosh saw the ‘whites only’ clubs of the British Raj. During the Bengal Famine, he was

Ballad of Kaziranga

one of the few journalists who wrote about the disaster and even helped his wife smuggle grain to then Calcutta, then a punishable offence. Dr Ghosh also had interesting anecdotes related to the then

most influential politicians. A son recounts the story of his father, set against the backdrop of a transforming India, from the times of the viceroy to modern democratic nation.

Niyogi Books The book is not a love story per se, but rather a story of the love three friends share for the beautiful and majestic Kaziranga in their own unique way. It is through the lives of these three men and their dreams, aspirations, and sometimes even their frustration and anguish, that Kaziranga unfolds.

sneak-peek

after the storm

HarperCollins India The book is about young and ambitious Meenakshi Iyer who must brace herself for the adventure ahead and discover what her heart desires. 16

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rajasthani miniatures

Niyogi Books This book reflects Rajasthani art, where shades and strokes come together in what almost appears as a divine interplay to create magic.

the night of broken glass

HarperCollins India The author's debut novel is as much a paean to the beauty of Kashmir and the courage of its people as it is a dirge to a paradise lost.

The Land of the Moonlit Snows & Other Real Travel Stories From The Indian Himalaya

Westland The book is all about narrow escapes from remote valleys, encounters with the wild, treks and flower-filled meadows, locals and their food, culture and festivals.


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tech

Track your treks

Here are a few must-have gadgets to make your next outdoor activity like hiking or camping an enjoyable experience Words: Kunal Doley Solar-charged lamp

Battery-powered stove

When it gets dark, a better, versatile and environment-friendly way to light up your evening would be to use a solar-charged lamp. Most of these lamps also double up as torches, so that you can use them even while you’re on the move. Just charge for about four hours during the day and, voila, you’re ready to use this product. These lamps come for as less as `300-400.

Suddenly feeling hungry and need to start a fire to cook? No issues, there are several companies that offer battery-powered stoves. Such stoves can cook your meals with nothing but the twigs you collect on your journey, eliminating the need for heavy, expensive petroleum gas. As a bonus, you can also charge your gadgets while you cook your meal. It can cost upto `20,000.

Charged backpack

To carry all the gadgets and to keep them going, you may consider the Belkin backpack. The front compartment features an integrated battery pack with a USB port, providing enough power to charge your devices.

Wireless portable speakers

Who wouldn’t love to hear some soothing music when you are amid nature? Such devices are portable and provide wireless connectivity through Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to enjoy music from various sources like smartphones, tablets and laptops. Most of these are water-resistant so that you can use them worry-free. From Sony to JBL, you can choose from a wide spectrum of such speakers, starting at as little as `400 and going all the way up to a lakh or so.

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Water purifier bottle

If you are one of those who don’t want to compromise on clean drinking water, then this product is just for you. The purifier makes it possible for you to take normal water and turn it into safe, potable water while on the move. You can easily stow it away in your bag. Most of these come with UV caps, which when filled and shaken, make the water drinkable. They can also be recharged via USB. You can buy such a bottle for about `500.


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The runway looks more than just a strip of land, almost like a submarine protruding out of the heavenly blue waters.

The airport has two X-ray baggage screening facilities for the convenience and security of travellers. You will be pleased to learn that wheelchairs, luggage trolleys and medical facilities are available free of cost at the airport.

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Megastar Amitabh Bachchan loves landing at smaller airports for the soothing hospitality provided by their staff

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t one point in my life, I wished to join the Air Force. I have a fascination for planes and I did take up flying, so much so that lord forbid, if there ever is an emergency and you are in the aircraft, I may be able to land that plane. Though, personally, I would prefer if it were only a glider and not the hi-tech contraptions and megamachines we have today.

I prefer small and quaint planes and airports. I really like Bhubaneswar Airport. The on-ground staff are just so courteous. The airport may be small compared to the ones at metros, but it is so clean and has most facilities one could think of. Most importantly, it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t too far from the city, which means one need not leave ages in advance in order to catch one's flight. There is no clamour and mad rush at the airport. It's like everything functions smoothly and like clockwork. Bhopal Airport is also very nice; my sasural is in Bhopal and the people are just so welcoming and helpful. I love the way natural light has been used to give the airport an airy feel. Speaking of natural resources, I must mention the Cochin International Airport, the first in the country to have solar panels installed. I think other airports of the country must also use Cochin Airport as a case study and try and harness the energy of the sun for their operations. The one thing I do not like is the paparazzi, especially at Mumbai Airport. They will literally hound you and what's even worse, will have a take on the clothes you wear by calling it 'airport fashion'. Is there any such thing? Really? That is something really troublesome for me. (As told to Aarti Kapur Singh) 22

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How has the journey of Trujet been in India? Are you happy with the airlineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance in 2017? Trujet started three years back with the mission to provide intra and inter-connectivity to tier 2 and tier 3 cities in India. It was very challenging as the regional airline business space is very difficult due to cost structure and infrastructure constraints. In the first three years, we focused more on establishing the airline for a much larger, lasting and sustainable operation. We are happy that we have been able to set up service to tier 2 and tier 3 cities despite short-term challenges. How do you perceive the current civil aviation market in India and what is Trujet's plan for expansion? The civil aviation industry is a sunrise industry at this point. The Ministry of Civil Aviation


Quick fire has been working as a catalyst to propel the Indian Civil Aviation to critical mass, which will result in sustainable and lasting growth of the civil aviation market in India. Civil aviation will change social and economic life of India as the Railways had done in the last century. Trujet has planned the induction of sufficient number of additional aircraft this fiscal year to sustain the current demand and stimulate growth in the new region to provide regional connectivity across the nation. How do you think is the government's UDAN scheme beneficial for Indian travellers? How does Trujet fit into the UDAN initiative? UDAN is a paradigm shift in the development of aviation in the unserved and underserved market of India. It has become a role model for other countries too. UDAN has bought all stakeholders, including the industry, at one platform, and initiated structural change in policy, procedure, cost-structure and mindset. It has enabled the aviation industry to develop business models for long-lasting,

What do you love about the work you do? An opportunity to work in the industry that will change the social and economic life of fellow Indians and providing access to prosperity and opportunity, which they never dreamt of. Your dream destination Fighter aircraft cockpit. Your favourite quote? It's not about how hard you can hit, but how much you can get hit and still keep moving forward. What do you love to do after a long day at work? Walk with my dog One gadget you love. Smartphone A talent you wish you had. Liming

reliable, sustainable and economic air connectivity. UDAN gives flyers a chance to and from far-flung airports and makes travel to remote cities quite affordable. UDAN is validation of Trujet's plan, mission and vision. We were the first airline to complete our all UDAN 1 Routes and provide reliable operation. Do you consider yourself different from other domestic carriers? Why? We are the first and only operating schedule commuter airline. We are a standalone airline that exclusively focuses on regional connectivity and connecting underserved and unserved region across India. Our endeavour is to provide seamless connectivity to â&#x20AC;&#x153;True Indiaâ&#x20AC;? (Bharat) and to bring prosperity and opportunity to the deep hinterland. Challenges that you face in the Indian aviation market? Infrastructure, trained manpower especially middle/senior-level management personal with aviation domain/financial expertise and cockpit crew.

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Gangtok

A Visual Delight

Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, is a kaleidoscope of magnificent monasteries, beautiful temples, spectacular stupas, quaint cafes and sprawling parks Words: Sugato Tripathi


Prayer wheels at the Rumtek Monastery


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1. Tashi viewpoint 2. Ganesh Tok viewpoint 3. Changu, a glacial lake in East Sikkim

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t is said that, “good things come in small packages”. This epithet stands true for Sikkim. Bordered by Buddhist powerhouses of Bhutan and Tibet, Sikkim is a strong preserver of the region’s tradition, beliefs and spiritual practices. Despite being one of the smallest states of India, Sikkim is a treasure trove of visual delights. Located in the Eastern Himalayan Range at a height of approximately 1,649 m, the flamboyant city is also the ideal base to visit the glacial lake of Changu (3,753 m), Nathula Pass (4,310 m) and the gorgeous organic Temi Tea estates in South Sikkim. The capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok, is situated at a distance of more than 31 km from the soon to be inaugurated Pakyong Airport. Managed by the Airports Authority of India, the airport was approved by the Centre in 2008 and is the first greenfield airport in Northeast India. The project is being

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billed as an engineering marvel – it has been built at a height of over 4,500 feet. Also, the airport is built as a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's regional connectivity scheme UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik). Let's find out the best places to visit while in Gangtok.

Ganesh Tok and Hanuman Tok

Gangtok houses two beautiful temples, Ganesh Tok and Hanuman Tok, the former being more popular among the locals and tourists. Ganesh Tok, at 1,980 m above sea level-is a small, well-maintained temple of Lord Ganesh. A nearby café serves fresh momos, noodles, parathas and other refreshments. This place provides a sweeping view of Gangtok and arguably is the best vantage point to see the beautiful city. Further

up the road at about 2,190 m, lies Hanuman Tok. This place provides an unimpeded view of the majestic Mt. Kanchenjunga. Unlike Ganesh Tok, this temple is quiet and bereft of any commercial influence.

Banjhakri Falls

Falling from a height of 30 m, this is a small vertical fall with a few artificial hurdles created by the tourism department. The fall is located in a theme park spread over an area of two acres. It is also an energy park with many solar panels, slides, swings and rides serving as unconventional sources of power. Traditional gazebos, colourful narrow footbridges, manicured garden, flowered pathways, life-size statues and figurines relating to Shaminic culture and exhibits of tribal life make it one of the popular tourist spots.

changu lake

Situated at an altitude of more than 3,780 m in East Sikkim it is about 35 km from Gangtok city. The Changu Lake is walled by steep, snow-covered mountains. The reflection of small, scattered white puffs of clouds casts the crystal clear water in a soft, diffused glow. Their altering shadows seem like a dramatic light show that plays all day long on the snow-clad hills and the lake. To visit this place, a restricted area permit is required, which can be easily arranged by an authorised travel agent.

NAthula

Further up the road from Changu Lake, an additional one-hour journey will get you to Nathula (on the border with China), situated at a height of 4,310 m, the offshoot of the ancient Silk Road connecting Sikkim to China’s

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Zoo trail

Counted among Indiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better-maintained zoos, the Sikkim Himalayan Zoological Park occupies an entire hillside. The star attractions are the red pandas, which look a little like cuddly little foxes. The park is also home to Himalayan bears, snow leopards and many other endangered species that live in extensive natural enclosures. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need at least three hours to explore all the enclosures.

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Located 23 km from Gangtok, Rumtek is the largest monastery in Sikkim and is the seat of the Karmapa Lama – the third highest monk in Tibetan Buddhism. It is also the most important seat for the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism outside of Tibet. Surrounded by monks’ quarters, the architectural design of the fourstoried building replicates that of the original Kagyu headquarters in Tibet. The spacious stone courtyard in the middle is the venue for the ritualistic Lama dances on specific spiritual occasions as per the Tibetan Buddhist calendar.

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Trulshig Rinpoche, a celebrated Lama and head of the Nyingama order of Tibetan Buddhism, built the Do Drul Chorten Stupa in 1946. Apparently, the place was known to be haunted before the establishment of this structure. Considered to be one of the holiest stupas in Sikkim, it consists of 108 Mani Lhakor (prayer wheels), the turning of which represents an important aspect in the chanting process of the devout Buddhist.

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A spiritual sojourn

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Rumtek

The dominant religion in Sikkim is Buddhism, and their culture reflects it with several picturesque monasteries across the state

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Drubthob Karpo, a legendary Lama who is known for his flying powers, is credited with the founding of the Enchey Monastery in 1840. One of the most recognised Gompas of Tibetan Buddhism, it was rebuilt in 1908 by the 10th Chogyal (King) – Sikyong Tuluku. Constructed in the shape of a Chinese Pagoda, the interiors are replete with colourful traditional Tibetan monastic paintings. An assortment of candles illuminates the artistic display of murals and thangkas (painted, woven and embroidered scrolls) depicting saints and rinpoches.

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Tea pluckers at work in Tarku Tea Estate

Tibet Autonomous Region. Covered with snow all year round, Nathula is heavily manned by the Army on both the sides.

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baba mandir

Built in the memory of late sepoy Harbhajan Singh, the Baba Mandir is considered to be sacred by the Indian Army. It is also one of the four Border Personnel Meeting points for the Indian and Chinese armies. The sepoy's belongings are still kept inside the temple, and it is believed by the locals and the Army that his ghost resides there and protects the surroundings.

The museum at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology contains a rare collection of statues and manuscripts in Tibetan, Chinese and Lepcha.

Tarku Organic Temi Tea Estate

Situated at a height of 1,829 m above sea level, Tarku is just 60 km away from the bustling town of Gangtok. The small settlement at one end of the manicured tea estate boasts a higher secondary English medium

Baker’s Café on MG Marg serves Italian and Mexican cuisine.

school, a small hospital and warm, welcoming residents. Cherry Resort is the only accommodation option in Tarku. Just off the GangtokRavangla state highway, Tarku hides inconspicuously amidst the verdant green plantations. Most tourists spend a few moments on the road exploring the tea gardens, click pictures and continue their journey. Little do they know that staying here for a few days can indeed be therapeutic.

MG ROAD

Nippy evenings in Gangtok city are best enjoyed on MG Road, a small paved stretch with a plethora of shopping, lodging and dining options for the tourists. It is bustling with people crowding cafés and restaurants and chatting in varied languages amid picturesque surroundings. The beautifully decorated road with lamp posts, park benches and colourful flowers looks quaint and retro chic.

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reliving

Independence While time and apathy have chipped away the relics from the history books, some places still bear the mark of Indiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s freedom struggle Words: Bindu Gopal Rao


A statue inside the Cellular Jail in Port Blair, the Andaman & Nicobar Islands


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ome August, and there is a palpable sense of patriotism in the country. Perhaps it is the fact that Independence Day falls in this month. After all, it is a small tribute we can pay to the people who ensured the freedom that we enjoy today. What better way to do this than visiting a few places that have been mute witnesses to the freedom struggle.

Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre took place on April 13, 1919. It is considered one of the deadliest attacks in the world's history and a turning point in India's freedom struggle. According to the British government, the massacre left 379 people dead and

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1. Wall at Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, with bullet marks 2. View of the Jhansi Palace

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over 1,200 wounded. However, the Indian National Congress estimated that more than 1,500 were injured and approximately 1,000 dead. This incident happened when Baisakhi pilgrims and non-violent protesters protesting against the confinement of freedom fighters Satya Pal and Saifuddin Kitchlew, were shot at on the orders of British Army Commander Reginald Dyer. Set amidst a public garden and near the Golden Temple, this place houses a well many people jumped inside to save their lives. Take a moment to check the memorial built in honour of the victims as well as the wall that has visible bullet marks. A sound-and-light show happens every evening too.


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Cellular Jail, Port Blair

A colonial prison used by the British to exile Indian political prisoners, the Cellular Jail is also known as Kala Pani. Used after the first war of Independence in 1857 as a means to suppress revolt, this location was used to isolate freedom fighters and punish them. Today, of course, it is a museum with seven

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galleries including the Netaji gallery, art gallery and freedom fighterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photo gallery, among others. A sound-andlight show that recollects the freedom struggle also takes place regularly.

Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh

The home of the valiant Rani Lakshmi Bai, Jhansi took centre stage in the Sepoy

There were 562 princely states in India at the time of Independence.

Our current national flag was made by Pingali Venkayya at Bezwada (now Vijayawada) in 1921.

Mutiny. Known for her valiant nature (a Bollywood movie in the making), Rani Lakshmi Bai led her soldiers to fight the British during the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 and sacrificed her life in 1858 fighting for the freedom of India. While here, check out the Government Museum, Jhansi Museum, Gandhi Museum, Fort of Jhansi and the Rani Mahal.

Goa was a Portuguese state when India became independent. It became a part of the Indian Union in 1961.

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Multilingual fighter

Freedom fighters of India were not just fierce on the battleground but were learned as well. One such inspiring soul was Bhagat Singh. He was fluent in French, Swedish, English, Arabic, Hindi and Punjabi languages and was a voracious reader.

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1. The Indian Institute of Advanced Studies in Shimla 2. Statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the entrance of Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad

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Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad

The place where Mahatma Gandhi lived with his wife for 12 years, the Sabarmati Ashram is where he started the Salt Satyagraha in 1930. Also known as Dandi Salt March, this was one of the important events that led to the birth of the ideology of non-violence and tolerance. The ashram is, today, a museum that covers everything to do with the Mahatma. It also works tirelessly to conserve and protect all the items related to him.

Barrackpore, west bengal

Mangal Pandey may be a name that most people know, thanks to the many movies made on him. However, if you want to know about the place tied with his life, it is Barrackpore, which is the oldest cantonment in India. This is the

site where Pandey declared war against his commanders and started the famous rebellion of 1857. There is also a park dedicated to the martyr here.

Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla

This research-based institute was home to Lord Dufferin, the then Viceroy of India. The beautiful Scottish architecture-inspired building has stunning teakwood interiors and has been the venue for several conferences, including the Shimla Conference and Agreement, between 1945 and 1947. Today, it is a centre of education and you can see the place with a guided tour of the area that will take you through the four rooms inside.

Aga Khan Palace, Pune

Aga Khan Palace is a pristine white

monument where Mahatma Gandhi, Kasturba Gandhi and Secretary Mahadevbhai Desai were confined during the Quit India Movement in 1945. As both the wife and secretary passed away here, their graves are a part of the campus. The palace is set amidst a lush landscape and is the site where the movie Gandhi was shot. The picture gallery and museum here trace the history of the freedom struggle as well as exhibit personal items used by Mahatma Gandhi during his stay here. You can also see some furniture (including the dining table) as well as letters written by the Mahatma here. So, this August, take a patriotic trip and go down the nostalgia lane. It is an exciting journey to see your history books come alive.

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Splendour of

Asiatic Lions

If the green environs of the lush forests in India fascinate you, a visit to Gir in Gujarat, popularly known for its Asiatic lions, is a must Words: Alankar Chandra

Asiatic lions are easily found in Gir National Park

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1. Huts of Maldhari settlements in Gir Wildlife Sanctuary 2. Man from the Maldhari tribe grazing cattle

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ir is a wildlife sanctuary located in Talala Gir, Gujarat. This animal retreat, also known as Sasan Gir, is around 43 km from Somnath. The Government of India declared it a wildlife sanctuary on September 18, 1965. The home of the mighty Asiatic lions, the Gir National Park is the only place in Asia where lions wander freely in the wilderness.

Nature Abound

Spread over 1,400 sq. km, Sasan Gir is undoubtedly the ideal destination for wildlife, environment and travel enthusiasts. This deciduous forest, scattered with shrubs, grasslands and diverse flora and fauna, boasts an increase in the lion population with consistent efforts of the government,

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was the year when Gir was declared a wildlife sanctuary.

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1,400 sq km is the forest cover of Gir National Park.

NGOs and activists. Today, the count stands at over 600 lions, an increase from the 523 counted in 2015. The place has seven perennial rivers passing through: Godavari, Hiran, Shetrunji, Machhundri, Raval, Shingoda and Datardi. Girâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s climate is welcoming throughout the year with an average temperature ranging from 22-25°c. The Nawabs of Junagadh and British officials often hunted these lions earlier. However, after 1900, the Nawabs undertook conservation efforts to restore the Asiatic lion population, and the Government of India declared Sasan Gir a wildlife sanctuary in 1965.

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Feel 'The Gir' at Ahmedabad Airport

Bringing Gir to life, the Airports Authority of India brought its flora and fauna to the Ahmedabad Airport premises. About 90% of the greenery in 'The Gir' is original and 10% man-made. This forest zone features life-size replicas of lions, black bucks, eagles, leopards, and few other animals found in Gir.

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wildlife enthusiasts but also of people of diverse interests. Besides Africa, Gir is the only place on earth where one can find lions roaming freely. But lions are not the only inhabitants of this sanctuary. Gir is also home to black bucks, wild ass, foxes, leopards, jackals, hyenas, black cobras, marsh crocodiles, kraits, long-billed vultures, woodpeckers and many other birds and animals. Gir has about 2,375 distinct reported species of fauna, which include about 300 species of birds, 40 species of reptiles and 1,800 species of insects.

The Maldhari tribe has been peacefully coexisting with these lions for centuries inside the Gir forest A Green Zone

Gir is not known just for its varied fauna; even its flora is breathtaking. It reportedly has more than 400 species of flora. Gir is western Indiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest deciduous forest, with a large variety of plants. It is dotted with semievergreen and evergreen trees, rocky hills, grasslands and scrub jungles. The vegetation of deciduous forests includes teak, several species of acacia, ber, jamun, ziziphus, tendu and more. Other plants found here are sirus, prosopis, cacti and various species of grass.

Living with the lions

Apart from the big cats, Gir is also home to a small human population. The Maldhari tribe has been peacefully coexisting with these lions for centuries at the settlement of Dudhala Nes, situated deep within the Gir forest. The Wildlife Institute of India study, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Living with Lions: The Economics of Coexistence in the Gir Forests, Indiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, reveals that Gir Maldharis do not view lions as a threat. A major part of the lion prey base is the livestock of Maldharis while the community gains from free access to forest resources. Their livelihood depends mainly on livestock, and they follow a simple

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Tourists on safari vehicles

village lifestyle. Commonly herdsmen, they start early in the day and are back home before dawn, when the Asiatic lions come out in search of prey. Their houses can be easily spotted and are without a permanent fencing, despite the scare of lions. They protect their houses with small thorny bushes of

babul trees, which are readily available in the forest.

jungle safaris

Entry to the jungle is only through government permit. A safari can be booked online or offline with a reasonable entry fee. The forest


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how to reach Fly to Diu Airport and cover a distance of 100 km by road to reach Gir National Park.

Must-See Asiatic lions, a rare find in other national parks of India.

USP Flora and fauna of diverse kinds.

Travel Tip Dress in light shades while venturing into the jungle.

department also provides guides for a better experience of the jungle safari, which can be enjoyed from 6 am to 9 am, 9 am to 12 noon, and 3 pm to 6 pm. Gir also has an enclosed zone, where safari tours are conducted. The Devaliya Safari Park offers a wildlife safari with a beautiful background in just 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;30 min. The

visitors are taken across a cross section of the Gir National Park for a wildlife tour where they can also see Asiatic lions.

pilgrimage centre

Apart from wildlife, Gir is also a vital pilgrimage centre with several temples in the vicinity. One of the main temples

is the Bhavnath temple, which witnesses a heavy flow of tourists during Shivratri. The Girnar Hills, another significant pilgrimage spot for Hindus to perform parikrama (circumambulation), is 50 km from the wildlife sanctuary. The forest department also organises traditional music programmes.

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Vacation for

Rejuvenation Venture into the many destinations in India that not just promise picturesque locales but also some exciting activities for a complete vacation Words: Pooja Kulkarni

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how to reach The airport in Umroi is about 30 km from Shillong city..

Must-See Umiam Lake, popular as Badapani, is a sprawling man-made water body and an ideal place for a picnic.

USP An ideal place to pick up music lessons from the local bands.

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Meghal aya S h ill o n g

Learn music at Shillong

It is said that music is the hidden language of the soul. It has the power to heal and relax. If strumming the guitar or beating the drum has been your secret desire, head to Shillong, India’s hub of rock music and culture. If you’re lucky enough, you might just get an opportunity to be part of a live rock concert there! Surrounded by rolling hills and located at an altitude of 1,496 m above sea level, Shillong is forever engulfed in clouds. The beauty of this capital of the Northeastern state of Meghalaya is conducive to creativity, so the outcome is sure to be magical. Music forms a major part of every conversation that takes place at the 'Rock Capital of India'. Cafés sprawled all over the city act as live venues for rock shows reflecting the residents' deep love for music. These cafés promote new talent as well as host local, national and international bands from around the world. The world’s best music events, competitions and workshops keep happening in Shillong. So, landing an opportunity to train under world-class artistes who keep frequenting the place is a huge possibility. Just keep a tab on upcoming events.

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Pick strawberries at Mahabaleshwar

Choose to go for fruit-picking at a farm or orchard if you wish to spend time amid nature. Open skies, fresh air, wet grass, the scent of fresh fruits and vegetables, pets roaming around freely â&#x20AC;&#x201C; these are just some of the additional perks that you get to enjoy while visiting a farm. A popular hill station located near Mumbai in Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar is known for jumbo-sized, juicy strawberries. You can visit one of the abundant farms on Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani Road or Mahabaleshwar-Tapola Road for an amazing experience.

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how to reach The closest airport is the Pune Airport. Mahabaleshwar is situated at a distance of 120 km from Pune.

Must-See Make a visit to the Mapro Garden and relish delicacies made of strawberries.

Fruit-picking can be an enlightening experience. Carefully removing the fruit from its plant without breaking the leaf blade is an art that needs practice. An annual strawberry festival is held here with farm visits being a part of it. At the fest, you can relish innovative strawberry-based products such as strawberry pizza, strawberry bhel or strawberry sandwiches.

Maharashtra

Mahabaleshwar USP Head to Pratapgarh Fort for a dose of history.

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Practice yoga at Palampur What can be better than yoga and nature combined together? Palampur hill station in the Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh provides you with a perfect mix of both. Perhaps that is why it is a popular destination among health-seekers, with a huge number of yoga and naturopathy retreats marking this destination. Yoga is practised with a holistic approach at the wellness retreats in Palampur. Along with teaching yogasanas, meditation and breathing techniques amid the tranquil surroundings, panchkarma, Ayurvedaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary purification and detoxification treatment, is commonly carried out at these

retreats. Panchkarma, which includes five therapeutic treatments, namely vamana, virechana, nasya, basti and raktamoskshana, is the ultimate mind-body healing experience for detoxification, strengthening the immune system and restoring balance. Apart from this, tips on following a nutritional diet and adopting a healthy lifestyle are shared with the visitors. In your spare time, visit the market to shop for wool, tea and thangka paintings that are a specialty here. Also try to squeeze in a visit to one of the lush green tea gardens and the Tashi Jong monastery.

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how to reach The closest airport is Kangra Airport. Palampur is situated at a distance of 38 km from the airport.

Must-See If you're a tea lover, visit the Palampur Cooperative Tea Factory.

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The hill station is surrounded by pine forests and flanked by the Dhauladhar ranges.

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how to reach The Mysuru Airport is about 11 km from the city.

Must-See Once in Mysuru, pay a visit to the Mysore Palace before heading on a cycling tour.

USP Silk sarees and Mysore pak, a sweet dish made of clarified butter.

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Karnataka

Mysuru

Ride a cycle from Mysuru to Ooty via Bandipur Riding in serene and beautiful surroundings can instill a sense of freedom, joy and achievement. Challenge yourself by going for a bike trip this season. The Mysuru-Ooty track via Bandipur is safe and has much to offer. Smooth and flat roads on the outskirts of Mysuru are a pleasure to ride on. As you approach the lush green jungles of Bandipur, the path becomes narrow and is dotted with teak and sandalwood trees. Going ahead, you will have to brave some testing hairpin bends at Masinagudi till you finally reach Ooty. Before you start your cycling expedition, make sure you are equipped with proper gear. On the way, you can check out the Nilgiri Mountain Railway or visit the Government Botanical Garden, Ooty Deer Park and the Government Rose Garden to make the most of your cycling expedition.

Maps not to scale and for representational purpose only.

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heritage

The rajbari

Renaissance Get a taste of the royal life at these renovated old homes across West Bengal Words: Joanna Lobo

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Entrance of the Itachuna Rajbari, in Hooghly, West Bengal


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1. Courtyard of Itachuna Rajbari 2. Gaddi Ghar of Bari Kothi

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icture this: you are on a path that was once used by freedom fighters and government dignitaries on their way to a zamindari palace for tea with a side of political debate. Now, you too can walk that same path to the same dining room. If politics isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your cup of tea, you can explore the hunting grounds, old temples, palaces made of glass and armouries, and get a glimpse of zamindari life before Independence. In the last few years, West Bengal has seen a royal renaissance. Once abandoned and derelict rajbaris (old royal houses) and zamindari baris (homes of landlords) are being renovated and transformed into heritage hotels or museums. These are located in and around Kolkata, once the

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capital of the British empire. Visitors get a chance to live amid this history, learn about the glory days and walk in the footsteps of many historical Indian figures. Here are a few rajbaris open to the public.

Itachuna rajbari, Hooghly

Fascinating Structure

The Itachuna Rajbari is the perfect example of the historical 'Panch Mahala Rajbari' where five palaces are present under one roof. Each palace has its own significance and was used for a specific purpose during the era of Maratha warriors.

One of the oldest and most popular of the rajbaris, Itachuna became famous as the shooting site for the Bollywood film Lootera. The rajbari was built in 1766 by the Kundans, a Maratha warrior family. The present inheritors, the Kundus, worked with travel company Mylestones & Journeys to restore the abandoned house and they now run it as a heritage homestay with a rural touch. The red-and-white structure has 15 rooms (named after members of the


family that lived in it), with a pond, swimming pool and an open shooting range. Activities include a tour of the different palaces, an evening aarti, flying kites in the garden and fishing.

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Bari Kothi, Azimganj

Built in the late 1700s by the Dudhoria family, Bari Kothi was named after the elder brother, Rai Bahadur Budh Singh Dudhoria. Rich in Greek, Roman and French architecture, the newly opened boutique hotel has 15 suites. A tour of the premises includes the Darbar Hall, the Ghaddi Ghar, Sheesh Mahal, Halwai Khana, the fountain garden and the 100-foot ghat. Guests can go for a heritage walk, have tea or breakfast on the Ganges, taste the local cuisine, or walk to the nearby Kathgola Palace.

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Another rajbari worth-mentioning is the Sovabazar Rajbari. Dating back to the early

1700s, this royal stay is known for its elaborate celebrations during Durga Puja.

The Jhargram Palace, Jhargram

Jhargram Raj was a feudatory kingdom that came into being in the 16th century and later was recognised as a zamindari estate by the British. It is now the residence of the Malla Dev Royal family. The family has converted 10 rooms on the ground floor into a heritage hotel. The most-coveted room is the Royal Guesthouse, which has housed dignitaries, including Bengali artist Uttam Kumar and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much to do in and around the region â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a trek to the Gurrasini Hill, a visit to the Tribal Museum at the nearby eco-tourism centre, or watching a cultural programme by the Santhal tribes.


Temple trail

It is common to find structures made of terracotta in West Bengal. One such homestay is the Chowdhury Zamindar Bari, Amadpur, which is dotted with four terracotta temples right at the entrance. Made in the typical â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;at-chalaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (eight-roofed structure), these temples have vegetal decorations with intricate floral carvings on the temple walls.

1. A tourist at Rajbari Bawali 2. Interiors of Cossimbazar 3. Sitting area at Chowdhury Zamindar Bari

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how to reach The Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport is at a distance of 15 km from Kolkata city.

Chowdhury Zamindar Bari, Amadpur

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The Chowdhuryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boro Bari (big house) is 375 years old and is surrounded by mango orchards, a 400-year-old Durga Mancha (stage) and a terracota Dol Mancha. The house is part of the Chowdhury Zamindari Bari complex, and has four rooms open to guests. There is a dighi (deep water body) near the house, open for fishing and bathing. Activities include exploring the 500-year-old terracota temples, attending the evening aarti (prayer) at the Radha Mandav Temple, fishing, birdwatching, or gathering around a campfire and listening to stories from zamindari history.

Rajbari Bawali, Bawali

Businessman Ajay Rawla saw the ruins of the 250-year-old Mondal Mansion in Bawali and fell in love with it. He spent two years convincing all 18 owners to sell it, and another five years restoring it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; repairing roofs, recreating two ponds, reclaiming pavilions and putting recycled material to use. The mansion is now Rajbari Bawali, a heritage hotel with 30 rooms.

The luxury space has an open courtyard that doubles up as a theatre space in the evening for dance and musical performances, a spa offering yoga classes and reflexology treatments and culinary demonstrations for those who are interested in local cuisine. Other activities include a sunset boat ride on the Hooghly river and a walk through the village.

CossimBazar Palace, Murshidabad

The palace is the home of the Roy family and once housed a wrestling ring and a rose garden. Today, restoration work is attempting to bring back the glory of the place and open it for overnight visitors. Till then, guests can visit the restored front gates, Andar Mahal, Sri Sri Radha Gobindo Mandir, Lakshmi Mandir and interior gardens.

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Uttar Pradesh number one in India

The Yogi Adityanath government has been transforming Uttar Pradesh and today it has achieved the Number One rank in various sectors

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ttar Pradesh has seen fast-track developmental work being carried out under the Yogi Adityanath government. In a short span of time, the Yogi Adityanath government has achieved new developmental milestones. It has been just over a year since he took

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over as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister but in such a short span, so many schemes have been implemented by the present government. The state of Uttar Pradesh has seen a rapid transformation in terms of governance and developmental policies. With a population of nearly 23 crore, Uttar Pradesh share its borders with eight

In a short span of time, the Yogi Adityanath government has achieved new developmental milestones and the state has witnessed a rapid transformation


states and an international border with Nepal. With such a vast border, it poses a huge challenge to maintain law and order in the state. The state is home to major communities, castes, tribal population and immigrants. Rapid urbanisation, road and rail connectivity and industrialisation are changing the urban and rural landscape. Uttar Pradesh holds deep cultural roots for many of the large communities in India. Now, this vast state has added several feathers to its cap especially in the past one year, owing to the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Not only has the state surged ahead in implementing many national schemes, but has also recorded stupendous growth in sectors where it traditionally has been strong. The state of Uttar Pradesh has seen a drastic fall in the crime rate that was persistent in the state since long. The Chief Minister has made it clear that criminals won't be spared and there will be a zero tolerance policy towards crimes and criminals.

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Rural)

8.85 lakh

houses constructed Swachh Bharat Mission

1.94 crore

families provided with toilets

Smart City Mission

10 cities selected in UP

Wheat Production

35%

contribution in total wheat production of the country. 357 lakh MT of wheat produced in the year 2017-18

In the education sector, the present government has made remarkable progress in improving the educational system in the state. Copying in examinations has been dealt with aggressively by the state authorities. This year, none barring the candidates taking examinations could be seen in the 400-metre periphery of centres. The whole process for state board examinations has been revamped. Papers were being received just an hour earlier at centres. Schools that had inordinately high enrolment of students in Class X and Class XII were deemed suspicious and taken off the list of centres. There are several other developmental works being carried out in the state of Uttar Pradesh under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. These include road laying and road widening work, setting up IT parks, uninterrupted power supply, attracting investors and so on. Apart from these developmental works, the state has achieved what previous

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governments have never imagined. Today UP is amongst the number one states in terms of implementation of several central schemes. Some of the achievements of the Yogi Adityanath government are as follows:

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Rural

Among the central schemes in which UP has achieved the Number One position, the most important is the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Rural (Prime Minister Housing Scheme-Rural). UP has topped the list in this scheme in the country by constructing little over 8.85 lakh houses in a record time of nine months. The beneficiaries of the rural housing scheme have been provided with Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) of Rs 10,000 crore during the first nine months of the Yogi Adityanath government, which completed one year in office on March 19, 2018. The target set for UP was to construct 11 lakh units in the current financial year. Against the national average of 34%, UP has scored 85% in constructing houses under the national scheme during 2017-18. Under the PMAY Urban scheme too, the state stands at number one position with a target of constructing 3.58 lakh units of which 1 lakh units are already under construction.

Number one in Agriculture

The state is no doubt India’s granary in terms of being the top contributor in agricultural and foodgrain production. UP contributes 20 per cent of foodgrain production in the country. The state has achieved several distinctions in the agriculture sector as it has made record purchase of agricultural produce in the country. •

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Record purchase of wheat: The state government has achieved a record in the current year in procurement of wheat by government agencies. For the current year 2018-19 Rabi season, procurement of wheat has touched 52.92 lakh MT.

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Potato Production

Record purchase of Paddy: The state has paid Rs 6,608 crore to farmers for purchase of 43 lakh MT paddy.

Record payment of sugarcane price: Paid total Rs 32,940 crore against outstanding and current purchase of sugarcane.

Purchase price for potato fixed under market intervention scheme: During 2017-18, 1,294 MT potato purchased, subsidy on transportation expenses doubled.

The state has got the distinction of being the first state in India to

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contribution in total potato production of the country. 151 lakh MT of potato produced in the year 2017-18

Sugarcane Production

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contribution in total sugarcane production of the country. 1707 lakh MT of sugarcane produced in the year 2017-18

Record Subsidy Payment Through DBT First state in the country to make subsidy payment via DBT

`456 crore paid to the farmers


Milk Production

16%

contribution in total milk production of the country. 291 lakh MT of milk production in the year 2017-18

Saubhagya Yojana and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana More than

46 lakh

houses provided with electricity connection Ujjawala Yojana

84.7 lakh Under the Saubhagya Yojana and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana, more than 46 lakh houses have been provided electricity connections pay subsidy on agriculture inputs through DBT. â&#x20AC;˘

For the first time in the state, 4,700 MT pulses and oil seeds have been procured so far under Minimum Support Price.

The state of Uttar Pradesh has also come out on top in the Swachh Bharat Mission, under which 1.94 crore families have been provided with toilet facility across the state. The state has also topped the list in Ujjawala Yojana, with 84.71 lakh LPG cylinders having been distributed in the state. Under the Saubhagya Yojana

and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana, more than 46 lakh houses have been provided electricity connection â&#x20AC;&#x201C; yet another top achievement by UP in the country. The state has also been adjudged the GEM (Government e-Marketplace) Top Buyer. Similarly, Uttar Pradesh is poised to get 10 Smart Cities, the highest in India, under the Smart City Project. UP is also the first state to implement the Skill Development Policy and also the first state to implement the State Health Policy. For a state that was lagging behind several other states on most developmental parameters, to turnaround Uttar Pradesh was no easy task. But after one year in office, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has not only brought governance back on track, he is showing remarkable signs of an administrator who knows his course and is firmly in command.

LPG cylinders distributed in the state GEM (Government e-Marketplace) Adjudged Top Buyer under the e-Marketplace (GEM) scheme nationally Skill Development Policy First state to implement Kaushal Vikas Niti Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) Target of

3.58 lakh houses. 1 lakh already under construction

First state to implement National Health Policy


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For the mom-to-be Fly safe during pregnancy with these tips from the expert Avoid these Refrain from sitting in one position as it may lead to deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Move your legs, take short walks on a long journey.

Avoid travelling if you have complications like preeclampsia or premature rutpure of membrane.

Avoid travelling without a travel insurance during pregnancy to be safe from emergency medical expenses.

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t is neither possible nor necessary for a healthy pregnant woman to stay at home during her entire pregnancy. It is absolutely safe to fly during pregnancy unless you have had medical complications like spotting, diabetes, high blood pressure, excessive morning sickness, a previous miscarriage or a previous early birth. Flying during the second trimester is the safest and most comfortable. However, it is best to consult your doctor before you plan a trip and follow his advice. Here are some pointers to ease the stress of wouldbe mommies that will make air travel a breeze. • To enjoy a stress-free flight when pregnant, do check-in online early so as to get a comfortable seat of your choice.

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• Airport security scanners are absolutely safe for the unborn baby as is travelling in a pressurised cabin. However, flying in a small aircraft without cabin pressure is not recommended because in that case, your body will have to work harder to provide you and your baby with sufficient oxygen. • Regular blood circulation will keep you comfortable while flying. Walking around for a couple of minutes or stretching a little every hour considerably reduces chances of blood clots, swelling of feet and ankles and cramps in your legs. • Wear loose and layered clothing as they can be adjusted according to the temperature.

• The seat belt should be adjusted under your bump and across your pelvis. Seat belt extenders should be requested if required. • Always carry your medications with you and some healthy snacks like nuts and fruits to cater to sudden hunger pangs. • If possible, carry a small lumbar pillow for back comfort to avoid cramps and backaches. It is important to lead a normal life during pregnancy. By following a few simple tips, you can experience a comfortable journey. Consult your doctor and your preferred airline for guidance before you plan to travel.

Wish you all a relaxing flight!

Avni Kaul is a nutritionist and wellness coach, founder of Nutri Activania, certified diabetes educator from Project Hope and International Diabetes Federation

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Home is Where the Savings are Don’t reel under the burden of home loan interest rates. Make a smart investment by opting for a Systematic Investment Plan (SIP)

Almost all Indians would wish to own at least one house of their own, and this often leads them to think that real estate can also be an investment option. The difference between equity and real estate, however, is that the equity cycle is short and people tend to associate it with volatility. Real estate tends to have longer performance cycles Ms Shyamali Basu, Senior Vice and as a result, is not associated President & Head - Products & with volatility. Consequently, Marketing, HDFC Asset Management real estate and gold occupy Co. Ltd. almost 77 per cent of household savings. Since real estate in India comes with some of the most expensive prospects in the world, relative to the earnings of the populace, a home loan is a popular option. However, they also mean tying ourselves down to EMIs for the next 20 years. The average age for borrowing such a loan is around 30, when one has a family. Expenses begin to mount soon after, and the installments leave little scope for savings. But what if we gave you a way to recover the interest you pay to the home loan company? For instance, you take a loan of `25,00,000 and the EMI, at 8.4 per cent interest (assumed for a 20-year loan), works out to `21,538. In effect, you end up paying `51,69,120 to finally own the house, paying `26,69,120 as interest - which is actually more than the principal borrowed! Every home loan borrower endeavours to avoid defaulting on loan EMI to avoid the wrath of a Housing Finance Company. What if you extended the same discipline beyond EMIs and tried to recover the interest you pay over the loan term? The day your loan gets disbursed, start a monthly Systematic Investment Plan (SIP) in the mutual fund scheme of 0.15 per cent of your loan principal. In the case illustrated, let’s say you sign up for a monthly SIP of `3,600 (`3,750 is 0.15 per cent of the principal) in a diversified equity fund. You let the SIP continue for 20 years. If we assume a modest return of 12 per cent in equity SIPs, then in 20 years you would have invested `8, 54,968. The valuation of your investment would then be `35,24,089. The capital appreciation of `26,69,121 on your SIP investment offsets the interest on the home loan. Thus, some discipline in setting aside a small portion of your income along with your EMI payments can go a long way in offsetting the interest payment made over the years. If you plan to borrow for buying a house or if you already have a home loan, start an SIP and avoid being burdened with a home loan interest in the long run. Note: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author alone and not of HDFC AMC, and should not be regarded as investment advice. Investors should obtain their own independent advice before taking a decision to invest in any securities. Returns are not assured / guaranteed. MUTUAL FUND INVESTMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO MARKET RISKS, READ ALL SCHEME RELATED DOCUMENTS CAREFULLY.

NIET, Gr. Noida Ranked No. 1 in UP for Placements NIET Student gets a Package of ₹ 1.75 crore for International Placement, the highest in entire UP

The 2017-2018 batch from Noida Institute of Engineering & Technology, Greater Noida, saw some big names such as TCS, Capgemini, IBM, Nestle, Hyundai, Voltas, Accenture, HCL, United Health Group, Think & Learn. Amazon, IBM, Hewlett Packard visiting the campus for conducting their campus placements. A record number of more than 1,450 students were selected during the placement season in which more than 129 multinational companies participated. There was a jump of 20 per cent in number of companies visiting the NIET campus for placements for batch 2018 in comparison to last year while the number of students selected saw a jump of 30 per cent. Harsh Sahu, a student of B.Pharm stood as the shining star for the Institute to grab the highest package of `1.75 crore from Seha Emirates Hospital, Abu Dhabi. The MNC, Voltas Ltd. recruited engineering students for International Placements with a package of `11 lacs per annum while another Online Learning portal Think & Learn (popularly known as Byju’s) offered highest package of `9 lacs under national placements. Creating Future Ready Professionals As the technologies used by the industry is fast changing it becomes necessary for the academic institutions to establish real-time interface with the industry where experts from corporate develop the training module themselves based upon their industry experience which incorporates training on emerging and latest technologies. NIET has emerged as pioneer towards establishing rich industry-academia interface so as to impart value addition in the professional education. 67


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A vision for the

Future

In keeping with the rising need and awareness of sustainability and conservation of resources, the Airports Authority of India has adopted a range of strategies to make Chennai Airport a climate-responsive and an energy-efficient building Words: Sanjeev Jindal, GM (Engg. & CSR), AAI

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irports are amongst the most energy-intensive buildings in a modern society. Airport terminals are subject to frequent external expansion and internal changes in response to the increasing passenger volumes and evolving terminal design thinking. Terminal buildings use huge amounts of energy for lighting, ventilation, air-conditioning and conveyance systems. The new terminal building at the Chennai Airport has adopted a range of sustainable building strategies to create a climate-responsive, energy-efficient building. The sustainable construction has been designed and spearheaded by AECOM to achieve Green Buildings Rating System India (GRIHA) 4-star rating and implement new government-mandated design laws (NBC 2016, ECBC 2017).

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Green wave

The Chennai International Airport Phase 2 Modernisation Plan comprises a new integrated domestic and international terminal building and associated city-side facilities covering an area of 2,22,000 sq m. The project intends to create a sustainable green airport addressing various environmental concerns. The Phase 2 modernisation includes demolition of the old domestic terminal (T-2) and old international terminal (T-3) and reconstruction of an integrated domestic and international terminal. It is expected that the new terminal building will handle about four million domestic passengers and a minimum of 10 million international passengers per annum. Environmental analysis of the terminal building was carried out to understand


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fact file

2,22,000

sq m will be the area covered by the Chennai International Airport Phase 2 plan.

7.6

MW of solar photovoltaics (PV) is proposed in the project. Not a single tree has been cut for wood for the construction, instead, bamboo products are being used.

100%

of the sewage generated at the airport is being recycled and reused for airport operations, air conditioning and horticulture purposes.

how climate in Chennai could impact the design of the new integrated terminal. Chennai experiences warm humid climate throughout the year. The effect of the sun’s movement has a strong influence on building design. The site is linear with the building oriented along the north-south axis and the shorter façades have an east-west orientation. The façade on the land side faces the

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south-east whereas the airside façade is oriented in a north-west direction. The 60m-wide roof on the land side that covers the concourse has been designed to reduce direct insolation and glare inside the terminal building, thereby reducing the cooling load of the building.

Unique features

The terminal building features a reflective roofing membrane and paving design to reflect heat from the building to combat the accelerated heat island effect. This effect is typically caused by impervious surfaces on runways, parking lots and large roof areas. Chennai Airport Terminal 2 is designed to have adequate levels of daylight in the buildings along with ways to connect passengers with indoor and outdoor spaces. Daylight reduces the need for electrical lighting, which lowers energy consumption and positively impacts the environment. The Chennai Airport is focusing on other innovative energy solutions as well. Designers anticipate 55 per cent of energy savings from Energy Performance Index (EPI) benchmark by using measures such as Opaque Envelope (insulation for walls and roofs), High-Performance Glazing (type of window glass), efficient lighting

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fixtures and lighting control systems, displacement ventilation systems in double height area, Efficient Central Plant (efficient high-tension chillers), efficient chilled water pumping system, Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) control cooling tower and integrated building management system to optimise operations and performance of the proposed building.

energy consumption for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) and internal lighting. All the HVAC and refrigeration equipment will be chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) and hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) free. The fire suppression systems and fire extinguishers that will be installed in the building are free of halon to reduce global warming.

7.6 MW of solar photovoltaics (PV) is proposed in the project, which will offset 43 per cent of the annual

Other sustainability aspects include water saving through efficient plumbing fixtures, rainwater

Energy Performance Index Calculation for Overall Project 1,396,596

ft2

129,795

m2

Operation schedule

24

Hours/day

No. of days

7

Days/week

Yearly operation

365

days

Annual energy consumption

35,851

MWh

Energy consumption excluding equipment (as per GRIHA)

17,364

MWh

Design case EPI

133.78

KWh/m2/year

Benchmark EPI

300

KWh/m2/year

% savings over benchmark

55.4%

KWh/m2/year

TOTAL AREA

1. Elevated corridor of the Chennai Airport 2. Mural installations at the airport premises 3. Natraja installation

harvesting and an on-site sewage treatment plant. Moreover, sustainable and environment-friendly materials have been proposed, which would have low environmental impact. Construction activities at the project site will be undertaken in such a way so as to minimise air and water pollution. The design, developed through an integrated process, addresses sustainability targets. The building will achieve 53.8 per cent energy savings over and above the GRIHA benchmark EPI and 34.37 per cent of the building area is adequately lit by daylight by achieving GRIHA and SP41 specified illumination levels. The terminal building project is anticipated to achieve 78.57 percentile points and GRIHA 4 star rating with the current design. The expected time of completion of the megaproject is end of the year 2021. Sustainability is the buzzword and Chennai Airport Phase 2 Modernisation Plan is not only big in scale but also is futuristic in its approach towards addressing the environmental concerns in a longer run.

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Surat Airport going global From a small airstrip in the 1930s, the Surat Airport has come a long way. The airport has been scaling heights since AAI took charge of its operations from the Gujarat state government in 2003

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peckled with pristine beaches, monuments and architectural gems, Surat is the second-largest city of Gujarat. It is known for its tourism, textile and diamond trade; and travelling to Surat is the ideal way of exploring the multi-faceted town. Managing the influx of tourists and denizens is the Surat Airport, handled by the Airports Authority of India (AAI). The airport has not just witnessed significant growth in traffic and passenger movement, but is also steadily strengthening its position as an airport of international standards.

View of the Surat Airport

History

The Surat Airport has a history dating back to the 1930s. Known to be one of the earliest airports existing in India, it has played a significant role in the setting up of the Indian Air Force since the preindependence era. Constructed by the Nawab of Sachin in the 1930s, a small airstrip built for his two-seater plane has now become a significant source of passenger movement in Gujarat. On September 30, 2003 the state government handed over the responsibility of the airportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s development to AAI. Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed, AAI was handed over the

required land free of cost, with water, electricity and security by the then chief minister of Gujarat. Ever since, there has been no looking back.

Development by AAI

Since 2003, AAI has undertaken several projects for the betterment of services at the Surat Airport. The runway has been extended from 1,400m to 2,250m. Navigational aids such as glide path, localiser, Doppler Very High Frequency Omnidirectional Range (DVOR), and Non-Directional Beacon (NDB) have been made available at the airport. Also, visual aids such as runway lights, approach light, Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI), H indicator and beacons have been added. Other facilities such as ambulance services, a fire station, additional check-in counters, car parking, medical centre, barracks for security personnel and effective measures to handle the growing passenger traffic have been made available by AAI, ensuring a comfortable environment.

Key Achievements

AAI has initiated several successful projects for the development of the airport. Some of its many achievements include basic strip grading, wall-to-wall levelling, maintenance and cleanliness of the operational area through mechanical

Air Traffic Movement at a glance from April 2012 to Feb 2018 1200 1000 800

Scheduled

600 400 200

Apr-12 Jun-12 Aug-12 Oct-12 Dec-12 Feb-13 Apr-13 Jun-13 Aug-13 Oct-13 Dec-13 Feb-14 Apr-14 Jun-14 Aug-14 Oct-14 Dec-14 Feb-15 Apr-15 Jun-15 Aug-15 Oct-15 Dec-15 Feb-16 Apr-16 Jun-16 Aug-16 Oct-16 Dec-16 Feb-17 Apr-17 Jun-17 Aug-17 Oct-17 Dec-17 Feb-18

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means, as well as strengthening, re-carpeting and extension of the runway.

Know your airport director

S. K. Panigrahi joined operations at the Surat Airport on June 21, 2018. He is taking several initiatives to increase air connectivity from Surat. With an experience of 30 years in development of airport infrastructure, he has served AAI in various capacities.

To make checking-in at the Surat Airport a worthwhile experience, three additional check-in counters, an extra hand baggage X-Ray machine and 100 trolleys have been provided at the terminal building for the convenience of passengers. The seating capacity has increased to 700, 90 three-seater passenger chairs have been installed and two snack bars have been made operational. Also, new XBIS machines were commissioned last year at the airport. Since medical emergencies can occur anywhere, AAI, in association with the Metas Adventist Hospital, plans to set up medical inspection rooms and childcare facilities at different parts of the airport. Adding to this noble thought, the Government of Gujarat has made available the 108 Emergency Ambulance Service at the airport. Further enhancing the connectivity of the airport from Surat, state government operates a BRTS Citilink air-conditioned bus service. A magnificent 100-feet-long illuminated national flag was unfurled on the 69th Republic Day on January 26, 2018, and on the 71st Independence Day celebration, Surat bagged the consolation prize and ranked 5th among the best-decorated airports regarding

â&#x20AC;&#x153;incentivising airports on the occasion of Independence Day 2017â&#x20AC;?. Additionally, Surat was ranked first in Category B on the festive occasion of Diwali 2017 with the participation of all stakeholders.

Ongoing Projects

AAI management has decided to commission the Common User Domestic Cargo Terminal (CUDCT) at this airport under Category C along with 23 other airports across the country. Also, it has decided to make operational the cargo facilities on top priority. Construction of the cargo complex is under progress, and cargo commissioning is likely to start by March 2019. AAI is also making arrangements for round-the-clock operations at the Surat

Air Traffic & Passenger Movement With introduction of new flights in F.Y. 2017-18, Surat has witnessed a

significant growth of

131% in air traffic movement

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a tremendous growth of

250%

in passenger movement

as compared to the previous F.Y. 2016-17

Reaching new heights, Surat handled maximum

67231

passenger in the month of May 2018

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Passenger Movement at a Glance from April 2012 to April 2018 80000 70000 60000

Disembarked and embarked passengers

50000 40000 30000 20000 10000

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1. Passengers at the waiting area of the airport 2. Aircraft parked at the Surat Airport 3. Indian Flag at the entrance of the Surat Airport

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Existing Connectivity Delhi & Mumbai

A320/319

Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Goa and Patna (via Kolkata)

B737-800

Bengaluru

A319

ATR 72 Q400

Bhavnagar

B190

Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Amreli and Shirdi

Cessna Caravan C208

Airport for International flight operations scheduled to begin from end of 2018. This includes arrangements pertaining to customs, immigration, security and other operational units. In another recent development, AAI has issued a clearance to Indigo Airlines. The airline is due to start operations from the Surat Airport from August 16, 2018.

Future Forward

AAI is extensively working towards the development of the Surat Airport. Some of its future targets include

extension of the terminal building, expansion of apron and construction of a parallel taxi track with link taxiway for Category C aircraft operations. Also, there is massive demand for a hangar facility. With a thriving passenger traffic and air connectivity from Surat, the airport is bursting at the seams. While reaching new heights as compared to the previous financial year, the Surat Airport aims to set several other benchmarks in the coming years.

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(L-R) Applauding exchange of historic agreement signed between S. Suresh, Member (Finance), AAI and Somchit Vinitkeophavanh, General Director, Lao Air Traffic Management

Sharing the

expertise overseas The Airports Authority of India is on the path of making a mark in the aviation industry by empowering aviation personnel across the globe Words: Chandra Shekhar, Business Development, AAI

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ince the first commercial aircraft took flight a century ago, the aviation sector has grown phenomenally. By providing services to travellers and business persons all over the world, it is today connecting people across continents.

for air transport has increased exponentially in India, which is expected to be sustained in view of a robust economy, growing middle class, increasing urbanisation, and favourable demographics. Modern-day aviation is a force for connectivity and has become woven into the fabric of our living.

The aviation industry worldwide is facing challenges because of the phenomenal growth. The demand

Growing demand

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We are currently the fourth largest civil aviation market in the world and aim to

become the third largest by 2020 and the largest by 2030. Located roughly in the centre of Asia, India has a strategic potential to serve as an intercontinental hub for not only the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the United States in the West but also widespread exploration of Australia and several island nations in the East. The dynamic leadership of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) sees these


is a fully automated, comprehensive data gathering, invoicing, financial accounting & management service

AAI & IATA have signed an

MoU

to conduct training programmes By

2020

India aims to become the third largest civil aviation market in the world and the

largest by 2030 AAI perceives that airports are

Catalysts for economic development

challenges as opportunities for growth. AAI management perceives that airports are catalysts for economic development and create wealth for the nation.­­ AAI is reviewing its role as a mere landlord with a new energy to complement the core services. It is now taking innovative approaches in identifying long-term sources of nonaeronautical revenues, thus maximising the commercial revenues to sustain in the dynamic environment. Business opportunities in the field of airport consultancies and development work, No Objection Certificate Application System (NOCAS), GPSaided Geo-Augmented Navigation (GAGAN), Consultancy in Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) and Flight Procedure Design are being explored in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and African countries. AAI has recently deputed officers as part of the Indian delegation to these countries. Rendering of flight calibration services is also being explored in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, ASEAN and African countries.

Technological advancements

As a successful bidder in the Global Tender for Air Navigation Billing System called by the Department of Civil Aviation, Laos PDR, S. Suresh, Member (Finance), AAI has signed a historic agreement with the Lao Air Traffic Management, Department of Civil Aviation, Lao PDR

Anil Gupta, ED (Land Management & Business Development), AAI and Ankan Banerjee, Director, BM. MEA, GoI during signing of agreement

for providing SkyRev360, one of the most cutting-edge technologies of AAI. It is a comprehensive e-data gathering, invoicing and collection system developed with a strategic partnership with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as a 'Make in India' initiative. SkyRev360 is generating a huge response worldwide, as Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, the Seychelles, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Myanmar and a few countries in Africa have shown keen interest in using it. AAI and IATA have signed an MoU for a capacity-building initiative targeting air navigation service providers and airport operators worldwide by sharing the technology of SkyRev360 in line with the theme of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO): “No Country Left Behind”. AAI has signed an agreement with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India, for preparing the Detailed Project Report (DPR) in the first phase of development of a greenfield airport in Kalay, Myanmar. The agreement was signed by Anil Gupta, Executive Director (Land Management and Business Development), AAI, and Ankan Banerjee, Director, MEA, Government of India. With the objective to train present and future leaders of aviation, a joint training academy of AAI, Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has been established. This academy will provide education, training and research in the field of aviation management in the Asia–Pacific region. AAI and ICAO have signed an MoU for conducting training programmes in developing countries, thereby benefiting aviation personnel from Nigeria, the Philippines and Tajikistan. The training of air traffic controllers abroad is also in the pipeline to meet the growing demand. By sharing the expertise and capabilities, AAI is on the path of making a mark in the aviation industry with an aim to empower aviation personnel across the globe.

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Hkkjrh; foekuiÙku izkf/kdj.k }kjk bl laxBu dh LFkkiuk ls foekuu {ks= esa vk'kkrhr ykHk gksxkA blds varxZr gokbZ ;k=k djus okys ;kf=;ksa dks feyus okyh ewyHkwr lqfo/kkvksa dks c<+kus ij cy fn;k tk,xkA mEehn gS fd bl vuqla/kku laxBu dh LFkkiuk ls Hkkjrh; foekuu {ks= esa ,slk dkjxj bZdks&flLVe cusxk ftlesa bl {ks= ds fo'ks"kKksa o vuqla/kkudrkZvksa ds vuqHko dk Hkjiwj ykHk izkIr gks ldsxkA

lkFkZd igy

;g Hkou mUur o vk/kqfud lqfo/kkvksa ls ;qDr rFkk fo’o&Lrjh; gksxk ftlesa miyC/k ewyHkwr lqfo/kk,a varjkZ"Vªh; ekudksa ds vuq:i gksaxhA bldk ykHk tYn ls tYn feys] blds fy, ;g Hkou nks&rhu o"kksZa esa cudj rS;kj gks tk,xkA bl laxBu esa fdu fo"k;ksa ij vuqla/kku gksxk] ;g fu/kkZfjr fd;k tk pqdk gSA bl fn’kk esa dkjxj dne mBkrs gq, lacaf/kr {ks=ksa ,oa f’k{kk ls tqM+s laLFkkuksa ds lkFk djkj Hkh fd, x, gSaA Hkk-fo-izk- us Hkfo"; esa fd, tkus okys dk;ksZa dh :ijs[kk Hkh rS;kj dj yh gSA izkf/kdj.k us ns’k Hkj esa vius gokbZ vM~Mksa ls vuqla/kku o fodkl ds dk;Z ls tqM+s lg;ksxh lnL;ksa dk

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