Construction work begins at international airport site

Chandigarh international airport is yet to be finalised by the Union Cabinet but construction work at the site has begun,with AAI allotting the work for laying the apron and taxiways.

Written by Harpreet Bajwa | Chandigarh | Published:February 22, 2012 1:30 am

The name of the Chandigarh international airport is yet to be finalised by the Union Cabinet but construction work at the site has begun,with Airports Authority of India (AAI) allotting the work for laying the apron and taxiways. Sources said that AAI some time ago allotted the work for laying the apron and taxiways at the site here to Bangalore-based company Vishal Infrastructures Ltd at a cost of Rs 30 crore.

Tenders in this regard were invited by AAI and this company’s bid was accepted. About a fortnight ago the bhumi poojan was done at the site and work was started.

The company has been given 15 months to finish constructing the apron and taxiways at the airport.

“Also,letters of intent (LOIs) have been invited from various companies by AAI for the construction of the building of the international airport here in the first phase. After the LOIs are received,

AAI will shortlist the companies and then these firms will be asked to submit their bids,both technical and financial.

These bids will be opened one by one and work will be allotted. For all this,about two months’ time will be taken and then only will the construction of the building start,” informed an officer.

In the second phase,the runway of the airport will be extended from the present 9,000 feet to 10,500 feet and additional taxiways will be constructed. The airport will be a green building,with solar panels on top as it will be built in four phases. Now construction work on the first phase will start as AAI has already sanctioned Rs 500 crore for the construction. The detailed project report has also been prepared and the architect has now cleared the design of the airport.

An officer said,“The airport will have a modular green building with the capacity to handle 1,500 passengers during peak hours. It will have three terminals besides a cargo terminal,a metro station,shopping malls,restaurants and waiting lodges for those who come to receive and see off the passengers. It will be a totally air-conditioned building. It will be a green building,keeping in view energy saving needs,and also have solar lighting.”

Sources said that in the first phase only one terminal would be constructed and for that Rs 450 crore has been sanctioned. The airport will be built in four phases and it is a three-decade plan till 2050. It will have three terminals and each terminal building will be a two-deck building,with departures from the upper level and arrivals at the ground level – same as Delhi’s Indra Gandhi International Airport.

In the first phase,as per the capacity of the proposed airport,26 aircraft can be parked comfortably and the building will have four aerobridges and will be a complete glass structure supported by an iron and steel frame. There will also be two parking lots of 350 vehicles each,just bang opposite the main building. Initially,there will be no multi-level parking.

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