Without any formal ceremony or political speeches, the new terminal at Indore’s Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport became operational for the first time on February 15, 2012. At a cost of RS 135 crore ($27 Million), the new terminal can handle as many as 700 passengers per hour. Indore airport handles 46 flights daily.
Madhya Pradesh’s newest terminal had been completed six months ago but its inauguration was postponed since then as political leaders squabbled over who would take credit for its development. A trial run was conducted at the new terminal on January 26.
“The new terminal became operational successfully. No one was invited for the event and only airport staff and passengers were present on the occasion. It was just shifting of operations from the old building to the new terminal,” said airport director R N Shinde adding that he did not receive any call for the inauguration and everything went off peacefully.