The Airports Authority of India (AAI) may start the construction of an integrated terminal to handle domestic and international passengers by mid-July or end of the month. With this, the authorities will start a major expansion work of the airport, almost five years after the new domestic and international terminals were commissioned in 2013.
The new building, being planned as part of phase 2 expansion of the airport, will cost 2,000 crore and is expected to be ready in four years.
Demolition of the old domestic terminal began in March and is nearing completion. The AAI has, meanwhile, finalised a contractor for building the new terminal. The integrated terminal will increase peak-hour passenger capacity by 1,000 and 4,800 on the domestic and international wings. The international terminal will be allotted more space as peak-hour footfall is expected to be at least 7,000. Plans under phase 2 development were that the AAI will demolish the old terminal and construct a new integrated one, build a multi-level car park on either side of the airport metro rail station, straighten a taxiway before the cargo terminal and build a few rapid exit taxiways.
Source: The Times of India