New Delhi: The new international airport in the Indian capital will be built at the site of the old airport at Taj Mahur in the Tajik capital of Mazar-e Sharif, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday.
Modi said he had invited the Russian company Rosneft and the Indian company Hindustan Aeronautics to design and construct the new airport.
The government will also buy a land at the Taj Mahals site, Modi said in his inauguration speech.
He had also ordered construction of a new runway at the existing airport.
Modi, who is in charge of the development of the Taj and other projects, had announced the airport would be inaugurated on December 7.
Taj Mahars former terminal was completed in 1996 and reopened in 2004, with a runway spanning almost 5,000 feet.
The runway is the world’s longest, and the city of 200 million people is located in the mountainous Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan.
Tajikistan’s parliament and the government also control the country’s airspace.