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Prime Minister will inaugurate the New Integrated Terminal Building of Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair on 18th July.
About the Airport Project
- The New Integrated Terminal Building is built at a cost of around Rs. 710 crore.
- It has a total built up area of around 40,800 sqm., and has the capability of handling about 50 lakh passengers annually.
- This project is expected to play a key role in boosting connectivity of the island UT.
- Inspired from nature, the architectural design of the airport terminal resembles a shell shaped structure depicting sea and islands.
- Sustainability features at the airport:
- Double Insulated Roofing System to reduce heat gain
- Rainwater catchment in an underground water tank
- On-site sewage treatment plant with 100% of treated wastewater
- 500 KW capacity solar power plant
About Veer Savarkar
- Shri VinayakDamodarSavarkar was born on 28 May 1883 atBhagur, a village near Nasik.
- The assassination of two British PlagueCommissioners by the Chapekar brothers in Poona on 22 June 1897and the subsequent execution of DamodarpantChapekardisturbed the young Savarkar.
- Later in 1899, when he was just 16 year’s old, Savarkar formed MitraMela.
- The group’s principal aim was to attain the complete political independence of India.
- The name of the groupwas later changed to Abhinava Bharat.
- It had a close resemblanceto the ‘Young Italy’ movement of Guiseppe Mazzini and that ofthe revolutionary societies in Russia.
- He left for London in 1906 and continued hismission there also.
- The same year, he started the Free IndiaSociety.
- Savarkar’s activities finally led to his arrest in March 1910.
- Whilebeing extradited to India, he made the famous escape through theport-holes of the steamer into the sea and reached the shore offMarseilles in France.
- However, he was recaptured.
- Hague International Tribunal passed a judgment in favour of theBritish Government.
- At the young age of 27, he was sentenced totwo transportations for life and imprisoned in Andamans.
- The lifein prison (1911-1924) was one of untold hardships.
- Due to the restrictions imposed on him after release from jail,Savarkar became less active.
- Savarkar was elected President ofthe Hindu Mahasabha Session at Ahmedabad in 1937.
- For fivesuccessive years thereafter, he presided over the MahasabhaSessions.
- While in the Cellular Jail in Andamans, he etched his poems on the walls of his cell.
- Thecollection of his poems include Wild Flowers, Kamala, Gomantak, Saptarshi,Virahochhvas and Mahasagara.
- His other poems, Chain, Cell, Chariot Festival of Lord Jagannath, Oh Sleep, and On Death Bed have a philosophical basis.
- Savarkar’s renowned work Hindutva was written in Ratnagiri jail under his pen-name Mahratta.
- The book defines the principles of Hindu nationalism at length.
- During his internment at Ratnagiri, he wrote another of his famous books, Hindu Pad-Padshahi.
- Savarkar’s book The Indian War of Independence, 1857became the source of inspiration for many revolutionaries.