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PM lays foundation stone for extension of
terminal building at Surat Airport in Gujarat

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Mr Narendra Modi, Prime Minister laying foundation stone for extension of terminal building at Surat Airport by unveiling the plaque in the presence of Mr Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister,
Gujarat and other noticeables
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NEW DELHI, JANUARY 30 : The Foundation Stone of the extension of Terminal Building of Surat Airport in Gujaratwas laid by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India today. The foundation stone laying ceremony took place in the august presence of Shri Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister, Gujaratand other esteemed dignitaries.

Airports Authority of India, under the supervision of the Ministry of Civil Aviation is committed to provide air connectivity and develop and upgrade airport infrastructure across the country. Due to the proactive measures being undertaken by the Government, Indiais already one of the fastest growing civil aviation markets in the world.

The terminal building of Surat Airport is being extended by the Airports Authority of India, at the cost of Rs. 354 Crores. The existing Terminal Building having an area of 8474 sqm will be extended by additional 17046 sqm. (excluding City Side and air side kerb) to have a total area of 25, 520 sqm.After the extension, the terminal building will be capable to handle (1200 Domestic + 600 International) i.e. 1800 passenger during the peak hours. Surat Airport then, will be able to handle 2.6 million passengers annually.

Surat Airport is soon going to feature on global aviation map with flights connecting to international destinations.
While addressing the public at the ceremony, mRShri Narendra Modi said "To better prepare Surat for global investments and business opportunities, it is pertinent to have an upgraded world-class airport".

The extended terminal building will be equipped with all essential passenger-friendly amenities like Check-in-Counters, Baggage Conveyors and spacious parking space Fto accommodate more than 500 cars.

The other planned infrastructure development at Surat Airport includesconstruction of Cargo Terminal Building and Extension of Apron for additional 10 Number of bays for Code C Aircraft and full length Parallel Taxi- track.
Surat - the commercial capital of Gujarat is a center for diamond cutting and polishing with over 92% of the world's diamonds being cut here. It is the eighth largest city and ninth largest urban agglomeration in India with a population of approximately 5.9 million. Surat has emerged as India's highest ranked smart city with the largest number of projects implemented and completed under the Smart Cities Mission.

The New ExtendedTerminal Building of Surat Airport will give impetus to the growth and economic prosperity of the region.

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AAI signs MoU for development of
new airport at Dholerai Gujarat

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NEW DELHI, JANUARY 22 : Airports Authority of India (AAI) signed an MoU for the development of a new Greenfield Airport at Dholera in Gujarat in the presence of Mr Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister, Govt of Gujarat and Mr Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Government of India on January 19, 2019 at Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2019 at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

Dholera Airport is being developed as a Joint Venture among AAI, Government of Gujarat and National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust (NICDIT).

The MoU facilitates Airports Authority of India for establishment of Dholera Airport. The project is likely to kickstart in April 2019.

 

 

AAI launches Skyfit Mobile App for aviation
fraternity at Global Aviation Summit 2019

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NEW DELHI, JANUARY 18 : Mr Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Civil Aviation , Government of India, launched the official mobile application "Skyfit" for the Aviation fraternity on January 16, 2019 at the Global Aviation Summit at the Grand Hyatt in Mumbai.

The application was launched in the presence of Mr JayantSinha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Mr. R N Choubey, Secretary, Civil Aviation, Dr.Shefali Juneja, Joint Secretary, Civil Aviation, Mr Anil Gupta, ED(LM&BD), AAI and Dr. Ashok Bhatt, CEO &Founder, AGP Breathworks.

The "Skyfit" mobile application is available on google play store and iOS. The application is devised to address the occupational stress of the personnel in aviation, be it air traffic controllers, pilots, cabin crews, Ground Handlers, Air Passengers etc. The unprecedented growth in aviation has posed severe threat to the safety of aviation, in terms of the pressure created by capacity vs demand, on the existing infrastructure and resources. The worst hit of all is the human resource.

The occupational stress due to cognitive work load of the personnel, especially in aviation can be a challenge for the safe aviation. Long term exposure to the stress is posing severe health issues like hypertension, ischaemic heart disease, diabetes, peptic ulcers and psychoneurotic disorders for the people employed in aviation. Various measures have been discussed in past like improving job planning and reliability of the work systems, improving the work environment, reduction of working hours etc. Airports Authority of India (AAI) has developed simple breathing exercises, in consultation with Dr Ashok Bhatt Medical consultant from AGP Breathworks and coordination with experts who have practiced these ancient techniques from yogic traditions, for decades and have found encouraging results in managing the stress of the aviation personnel, by just improving the way we breathe.

AAI would like to share these unique and effective techniques, through its programme SKYFIT, with the aviation world, to cope up with the challenges of managing stress of pilots, cabin crew, air traffic controllers and above all air passengers.
Speaking on the occasion Mr SureshPrabhu, applauded the visionary initiative of Skyfit by AAI and stated that when India is poised to cater to the next 6 billion people and become a global leader, it also has to be equipped to address the stress level of the human force and their quality of life. The solution lies in Skyfit.

Speaking on the occasion Mr.JayantSinha, Minister of State, Civil Aviation, Government of India commended AAI for embracing modern technology and developing Skyfit, which would be an opportunity to address important issue of managing stress level through correct breathing exercises not just for India but for the entire world."

Speaking on the occasion Mr R N Choubey, Secretary Government of India, appreciated AAI for devising such initiatives blending modern science with ancient yogic science for the benefit of all.

 

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AAI signs an MoU with Saab for joint research

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Mr. Vineet Gulati, Member (ANS), AAI and Mr. Peter Engberg, Head of Traffic Management, Business Area Industrial Products and Services during signing of the MoUfor joint research and implementation of Pan India Automation system.

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 16 : Airports Authority of India (AAI), signed an MoU with Saab, company serving the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions from military defense to civil security during the Global Aviation Summit 2019 being held in Mumbai.

The MoU highlights the efforts of AAI focusing on addressing the challenges of aviation growth and enabling the 'Flying for All' vision of India.

The MoU is aimed to engage both the parties in discussion and jointly analyze potential cooperation opportunities on a non-exclusive basis with respect to Air Traffic Management solutions in India.

The MoU plans to synergize the individual strengths of AAI and SAAB for joint research and implementation of pan India automation system, implantation of cost-effective Air Traffic Management Solution for airports listed under UDAN Scheme and contingency Air Traffic Management Solution at major airports through digital tower.

The MoU was signed by Mr. Vineet Gulati, Member(ANS) from Airports Authority of India and Mr. Peter Engberg, Head of Traffic Management, Business Area Industrial Products and Services on behalf of Saab on 15thJanuary, 2019.

Mr. Vineet Gulati, Member (ANS), AAI and Mr. Peter Engberg, Head of Traffic Management, Business Area Industrial Products and Services during signing of the MoUfor joint research and implementation of Pan India Automation system.

 

AAI - Pebbles Ifra-Tech agreement for
multi-level car parking at Pune airport

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NEW HELHI, JANUARY 11 :
Airports Authority of India (AAI) has entered into an agreement with Pebbles Infra-Tech for development of multi - level car parking with Integrated Commercialfacilities on DBOM Basis (construction cum license to operate & maintain) at Pune airport in Maharashtra on Blended Financing Mode.

Currently, Pune airport handles more than 6.7 million passengers annually. The proposed MLCP will be of international standards with integrated commercial facilities, shall cover an area of 2.5 acres approx. and will provide parking facilities for 1000 ECS in line with the proposed expansion of terminal building with handling capacity of 12-13 million.The MLCP isscheduled to be operational in 24 months.

The agreement was signed by Mr S.D. Tiwari, Joint GM (Business Development) with the Developer in the presence of Mr S. Suresh, Member(Finance), Mr Anil Gupta, ED(Land Management & Business Development, Mr Chandra Shekhar, DGM(BD) and other officials of AAI, Pebbles Infra-Tech and DIMTS, the transaction advisor of AAI.

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― John Keats

 

Eco-friendly garbage bags at DABH Airport,
Indore joint research programs in the field of CNS

 

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NEW DELHI, JANUARY 07 :
"The Earth is what we all have in common."
American Novelist, Wendell Berry

Rampant modernisation and commercialisation are leading to exerting our planet and making its devoid of its natural resources. Being an environmentally-conscious public sector enterprise and for underlining its commitment towards its Corporate Social Responsibility, Airports Authority of India has decided to make its airports plastic free by banning the use of single-use plastic items at its airports across the country. Various steps have been undertaken to eliminate thesingle-use plastic items at passenger terminals and city side. These steps include banning of single-use plastic items like straws, plastic cutleries, plastic plates etc.
On the basis of Third- Party Assessment carried out by Quality Council of India; SixteenAAI Airports namely Indore, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Tirupati, Trichy, Vijayawada, Dehradun, Chandigarh, Vadodara, Madurai, Raipur, Vizag, Pune, Kolkata, Varanasihave been declared as Single-Use Plastic Free.

AAI is also enhancing its waste management systems and is promoting the use of eco-friendly sustainable alternatives progressively like use of bio-degradable garbage bags in the garbage bins and installation of plastic bottle crushing machine at airports. AAI airports have also started various awarenesscampaigns for sensitizing all stakeholders specially passengers towards the cause and to drive engagement and cooperation from all of them.

In its quest for making environmental conservation an ingrained organisational mission, Airports Authority of India has formulated an Environment Policy which envisages its commitment for reduction of Green House Gases (GHG) and sustainable development by implementing cost effective carbon mitigation action to conserve environment and reduce adverse impact on society, community and ecosystem thus contributing to national sustainable development goals.
As a part of this policy, AAI is conscious and committed towards sensitizing all employees and stakeholders to fulfil environmental obligation by reducing carbon footprint.

In ensuring the successful implementation of dissuading the usage of single-use plastic items, AAI has been carrying out internal audits of its airportsalong with stakeholders. AAI has also engaged Quality Council of India to assess/check the implementation of the ban of single-use plastic items at 34 airports handling one million passengers per annum which will be completed by 31st January 2019.

 

AAI signs an MoU with SAMEER for
joint research programs in the field of CNS

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NEW DELHI,JANUARY 04 : In what can be termed as a landmark event, Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering & Research (SAMEER) which is an autonomous R & D institute under Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) entered into an overarching memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will provide a platform for collaborative research for both the organizations to work together to arrive at beneficial solutions for Communication Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) Systems related R&D activities in the country.

More significantly, collaboration between both the organizations is in line with the GoI's impetus for embracing the Make in India concept through indigenous design and development of CNS systems, with significant benefits in terms of leveraging human capital potential, fostering innovation, enhancing skill development and protecting intellectual property in the country.
In a simple and impressive Ceremony at AAI Corporate Headquarters, Mr Vineet Gulati Member (ANS), Airports Authority of India and Dr Sulabha Ranade, Director General, SAMEER signed the epoch-making agreement on the 3rd January, 2019 in the presence of Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI, SAMEER Experts and Senior officials of AAI.

While AAI, as part of its ambitious ANS upgradation plans is setting up a state-of-the-art Civil Aviation Research Organisation at Hyderabad for finding indigenous solutions for addressing the challenges arising from exponential traffic growth, SAMEER is a research and development (R&D) organization pursuing research & development with the vision to achieve excellence in application oriented research in the areas of RADARs, RF & Microwave Electronics, Electromagnetics, Millimetre wave, EMI/EMC, Communications and Antennas. SAMEER has been involved in the development of many RF and Microwave based systems and products which are required by various government agencies like Defence, Space and Ministry of Earth Sciences since a long time.

The MoU, on the one hand will provide for transfer of know-how/skill by SAMEER experts in the areas of RF, MW and Antenna-related solutions to AAI domain experts, while on the other hand it will pave way for exposure for the SAMEER researchers to the challenging Aviation field.
Shri Vineet Gulati, Board Member (Air Navigation Services), AAI addressing the experts from both sides exuded optimism that the partnership between the Organisations will be a game-changer in Indian Aviation in the years to come.

Dr. Sulabha Ranade, Director General, SAMEER affirmed that the MOU would provide for synergy of capabilities of both the Organisations in their respective domains leading to mutually beneficial and lasting solutions in the ever growing field of Aviation.

This MoU is a huge step forward for both the Organizations to embark on joint research programs in the field of CNS that would benefit Aviation System as a whole in the foreseeable future, with focus on improving safety, security, efficiency, capacity of aircraft operations in the country.

 

AAI pledges its support towards
the fight against Hepatitis

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NEW DELHI, JANUARY 03 : Airports Authority of India (AAI)in collaboration with The Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) organised 'I Pledge… (my support)'campaign against Hepatitis B & C at its Corporate Headquarters today.

This activity was undertaken as a part of 'Empowering People Against Hepatitis: The Empathy Campaign' being implemented by AAI in collaboration with ILBS that aims to spread pan-India awareness on the menace of viral Hepatitis B and C. The screening and vaccination camps were organised for AAI employees on this occasion.

About 60 million Indians are inflicted with Hepatitis B and C virus infections which are responsible for Liver Cirrhosis and Cancer. Most of the people harbouring the Hepatitis infectionremain undiagnosed and unaware of their status. Several initiatives are currently being undertaken by the Govt of India under the National Viral Hepatitis Control Program, to improve access to vaccines, diagnostics and treatment for such individuals and those at risk. The stigma and consequent discrimination associated with these infections is a prominent hindrance to care-seeking, compliance and mainstreaming, as often the infected do not want to be identified for the fear of social isolation.

To address this problem, AAIsigned an MoU with ILBS under its CSR initiative for a comprehensive program, namely, "Empowering People AgainstHepatitis: The EMPATHY Campaign" in 2018. The objective of the campaign isto generate awareness on Hepatitis B and C across India through multi-pronged advocacy strategies for improving healthcare seeking behaviour with respect to Hepatitis and developing and promoting positive behaviours towards infected individualsat individual, community and societal levels.

The program started with the formal lamp - lighting ceremony by Dr. GuruprasadMohapatra, Chairman, AAI and Shri. S.K. Sarin, Director, ILBS in presence of Shri. Anuj Aggarwal, Member (HR), AAI., Shri. I. N Murthy, Member(Operations), AAI and Shri. Vineet Gulati, Member (ANS), AAI.

Dr. Mohapatra addressed AAI Officials and employees to come forward for screening and vaccination and inaugurated the 'I Pledge...(my support)' campaign by signing the Pledge Card. He further reiterated that Our country has successfully eradicated diseases like Polio and Small Pox through a sustained campaign. Similarly, there is a need to kick-start an awareness drive towards prevention from Hepatitis B & C

 

Following this, the senior officialsof AAIand their staff also extended their support by sharing a pledge for the cause and the ILBS teamheld a screening-cum - vaccination camp for AAI staff, wherein all the staff was offered vaccination for Hepatitis B and screening for Hepatitis B & C, on voluntary

Foundation stone laid for development of
Civil Enclave at Darbhanga Airport in Bihar

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NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 24 :
The Foundation Stone for the development of Civil Enclave at Darbhanga Airport in Bihar was laid by Mr Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister, Bihar and Mr Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation today. The ceremony took place in the presence of Mr. Jayant Sinha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Mr Ram Kripal Yadav, Union Minister of State for Rural Development, Mr Sushil Kumar Modi, Deputy Chief Minister, Biharand other noticeables.

Darbhanga Airport belongs to the Indian Air Force with runway length of 9000ft., suitable for operation of Air Bus -321 type of aircraft. IAF is providing required space to AAI at Darbhanga,for setting up an interim civil terminal inside the Air Force Station premises, on short term lease, till the completion of permanent civil Enclave by AAI on the land to be provided by the State Government.

The upcoming New Terminal building of the civil enclave (15000sq ft) will be a no-frill Pre-fabricated/Pre-engineered structure with all essential passenger facilities. The terminal building will have six check –in counters with peak hour handling capacity of 200 passengers. Total estimated cost of the project is Rs. 92 crore.

Under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), under-served and unserved airports are being linked through RCS routes to provide air connectivity to the citizens of the country. Darbhanga will be connected to Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru under UDAN Scheme.

Darbhanga is an important district and a big city in the northern part of Bihar, India. A part of Gangetic plains of the north India, it is the fifth largest city of Bihar. The newcivil enclave at Darbhanga Airport will play a significant role enhancing connectivity in Bihar and will give impetus to the economic growth of the region.

 

MOCA, AAI launch mobile application
for Global Aviation Summit 2019

 

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NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 20:
An official mobile application for Global Aviation Summit 2019 was launched by Mr Jayant Sinha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Government of India on December 19, 2018. The Global Aviation Summit 2019 is scheduled to be held on January 15-16, 2019 at the Grand Hyatt in Mumbai. The application was launched in the presence of Mr R.N. Choubey, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, Dr GuruprasadMohapatra, Chairman, Airports Authority of India, Dr Shefali Juneja, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India and other officials of AAI.

The GAS 2019 mobile application is available on Playstore and iOS. It provides a holistic glimpse of the Summit and can be used to access latest updates about the mega event. The application enables users to interact with the co-delegates and speakers. It would be an excellent platform for networking through personal and group chats.

With the who's who of the global aviation fraternity set to grace the event. The Summit is a promising platform for constructive discussions, collaborations and meeting of minds to explore the future of global aviation.

The esteemed guest list for the Summit includes Transport & Civil Aviation ministers from Laos, Thailand, Bangladesh, Nepal and Jamaica, Civil Aviation Authorities and Directorate Generals of Civil Aviation (DGCAs) from 22 countries.

Besides, Mr. OlumuyiwaBenardAliu, President, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO); Mr. Alexandre de Juniac, Director General, the International Air Transport Association (IATA); Ms. Angela Gittens, Director-General, the Airports Council International (ACI); Mr. Jeff Poole, Director-General, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO), Mr. Emmanuel Menanteau, Co-CEO, Kansai Airport, Mr. Florian Reuter, CEO, Volocopter GmbH; Mr. RafalMilczarski, CEO & President of the Management Board, Polish Airlines; Mr. Marc Pissens, President Global Aviation Division, Mr. Don Thoma, CEO, Aireon; Mr. Stephen Beatty, Global Head – Aviation, KPMG and others will be attending the Summit to share their vision and expertise.

The future of Aviation – drones and seaplanes, airport privatization, digital travel and holistic development of global aviation ecosystem are the key areas where MoCA intends to push the envelope both on regulations and on industry structure. This event will enable the industry leaders to prepare a policy roadmap that will certainly provide a strong impetus to all players in the aviation ecosystem. The Summit will also host various B2G, B2B and G2G meetings.

The immersive event will also be an opportunity for the aviation fraternity to get together and work on a series of important issues not just for India but for the entire world.

PM inaugurates new airport complex
at Bamrauli Airport, Prayagraj

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NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 17 :
A new airport complex at Bamrauli Airport in Prayagraj District of Uttar Pradesh was inaugurated on December 16 , 2018 by the Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi.

The inauguration took place in the presence of Mr. Ram Naik, Governor of Uttar Pradesh; Mr Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation; Mr. Keshav Prasad Maurya, Deputy Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Sidharth Nath Singh, Minister of Medical & Health, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Mr Nand Gopal Gupta "Nandi", Minister of Civil Aviation, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Mr Shyama Charan Gupta, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Mr Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha).

In his address the Prime Minister applauded the efforts made by Airports Authority of India (AAI) to complete the project of new airport complex in record 11 months and congratulated Mr. Suresh Prabhu Minister of Civil Aviation and team of AAI.

Airports Authority of India, under the supervision of the Ministry of Civil Aviation is committed to provide air connectivity and develop and upgrade airport infrastructure across the country. Due to the proactive measures being undertaken by the government, Indiais already one of the fastest growing civil aviation markets in the world.

The new airport complex of Bamrauli Airport has been developed by the Airports Authority of India, at a cost of Rs 164 crore.

Bamrauli Airport belongs to the Indian Air Force and AAI maintains a Civil Enclave there. The previous Civil Enclave had an area of 0.8 acres with constrained operations through a small Terminal Building.

There was no scope for expansion of the terminal building at the present location. Hence, a New Airport Complex withmodern terminal building has been constructed. Government of Uttar Pradesh hasacquired and handed over 50 acres of land to the Airports Authority of India for development of the New Airport Complex.

The New Passenger Terminal Building, a centrally air-conditioned building, with an area of 6700 sq.m. has been planned to handle 300 peak hour passengers at a time. The terminal building is equipped with all essential passenger-friendly amenities and provided with CUTE-enabled Check-in-Counters, Baggage Conveyors, Elevator, Public Address System, Fire Fighting and Fire Alarm System, Flight information Display System (FIDS), CCTV, Baggage Scanners and Car Parking for 200 cars and Reserved Parking for 20 cars.

Bamrauli Airport was connected to Delhi and Mumbai in the past, but the air connection was intermittent in nature. After the launch of UDAN Scheme, connectivity to other important cities of India from Prayagraj got the required boost. The Airport handled 46,490 passengers during the year 2017-18. Operating airlines under UDAN Scheme have ambitious plans to connect the airport with Mumbai, Bengaluru, Indore, Lucknow, Patna, Nagpur, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Dehradun, Gorakhpur, Kolkata, Pune and Raipur in the months to come.

UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik) is a flagship scheme of the Government of India introduced to enable air operations on unserved routes, connecting regional areas, to promote balanced regional growth and to make flying affordable for masses. The Hon'ble PM flagged off the first UDAN flight on Shimla-Delhi sector on 27th April, 2017.
Ardh Kumbh –

a periodic mass congregation of millions of people being organized in January 2019 in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh will get a major infrastructural boost with this airport. The New Bamrauli Airport is going to usher in an era of economic prosperity for the region by enhancing tourism prospects of this region.

 

 

 

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