By Accommodation Times Bureau
Witnessing the higher leap in the flyers’ numbers, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to modernized the airports at Lucknow, Deoghar, Rajkot and Allahabad.
“The AAI plans to construct new integrated passenger terminal building at Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, Lucknow, at an estimated cost of Rs 1,230 crore (to cope with the) increasing passenger traffic during last five years. The new terminal will be able to handle 4,000 passengers during peak hours and 63.5 lakh passengers per annum,” the AAI said in a statement.
The state-run airport operator will develop Deoghar airport in Jharkhand to facilitate the joint use of civil operation up to Airbus A-320 and DRDO operation up to C-130 type of aircraft.The state-run airport Deoghar’s project will be implemented at a cost of over Rs 400 crore. “An MoU was signed between the government of Jharkhand, DRDO and AAI in March, 2017. As per the MOU, there will be financial input of Rs 50 crore by government of Jharkhand, Rs 200 crore by DRDO and balance cost to be funded by the AAI,” the statement added.
A new passenger terminal will be built at Allahabad for about Rs 125.8 crore. The new terminal should start operations before the ‘Ardh Kumbh Mela’ of January 2019.
“AAI will also take up the work of development of greenfield airport at Hirasar, Rajkot in Gujarat on build, operate and maintain basis. Government of Gujarat has provided the land free of cost and proposed the construction of new greenfield airport to meet the traffic demand potential of Saurashtra region matching the growth in economic activity and distinguished population profile having very high number (50%) of total NRIs of Gujarat from Saurashtra. The present airport doesn’t have the infrastructure to handle the growing traffic due to capacity constraint,” the AAI added.