As part of its corporate responsibility initiative, the Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has conceptualized and developed the airport beautification project ‘The Gir’ gallery outside the domestic terminal of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) Airport in Ahmedabad. ‘The Gir’ is a miniature replica of the Sasan Gir, the only habitat of the rare Asiatic Lions in the world. It was first developed by RIL in the departure area of SVPI in 2018 but relocated and redeveloped outside the departure area so that not only the passengers but the people coming to receive the passengers also benefit.
The redeveloped project was inaugurated on Gujarat Day by Parimal Nathwani, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Director of Corporate Affairs at RIL, on May 1, 2022, in presence of Jeet Adani, Director, Adani Airport Holding, and Hemant Desai, President, Corporate Affairs, Reliance Industries Limited.
The project has been developed in around 8000 square feet area. The beautification project includes placing 60 life-size models of different kinds of animals and birds found in the Gir forest including famous Asiatic Lions, Leopards, Black Bucks, Spotted Dears, Pythons, Eagles, etc. The famous Gir forest is covered mainly with dry brown grass, therefore, in the replica at the airport also artificial brown grass is used to create an impression of the original forest area.