Allahabad, Lucknow and Rajkot to get new airport terminals

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will undertake new development works at Lucknow, Deoghar, Rajkot and Allahabad airports to meet growing traffic demands.

The work will be undertaken with the objective of improving & developing airport infrastructure, said the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

AAI is planning to construct new integrated passenger terminal building at Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, Lucknow at an estimated cost of Rs 1,230 crore. “Passenger traffic at this airport has grown steadily during the last 5 years. The new terminal will be able to handle 4,000 passengers during peak hour and 6.35 million passengers per annum,” said the Ministry.

AAI will also develop the airport at Deoghar in Jharkhand. The Ministry said that it will facilitate joint use for civil operation upto Airbus-320 and DRDO operation upto C-130 type of aircraft. “The work will be carried out at an estimated cost of Rs 401.34 crore on fixed cost basis and Rs. 427.43 crore on completion cost basis.”

In this regard, the Jharkhand Government, DRDO and AAI had signed a MoU in March. As per the MOU, there will be financial input to the tune of Rs 50 crore by the State Government, Rs 200 Cr by DRDO and balance cost by AAI.

Moreover, to meet the demand of increasing air travel in Allahabad, a new civil enclave will be developed by AAI at an estimated cost of Rs 125.76 crore. “The new terminal is to be made operational before the ‘Ardh Kumbh Mela’ to be held in January 2019,” The Ministry added.

AAI will also develop greenfield airport at Hirasar, Rajkot in Gujarat on build, operate and maintain basis. The Gujarat Government has provided the land free of cost and proposed the construction of the greenfield airport to meet the traffic potential of Saurashtra region, as indicated by its high level of economic growth.

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