TO IMPROVE connectivity between Chandigarh and the Chandigarh International Airport at Mohali, a new road connecting old terminal with the new international terminal has been proposed.
Following directives from UT administrator Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki, a meeting of Air Force authorities and UT deputy commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi was held Thursday to discuss a shorter route from Chandigarh to the Chandigarh International Airport.
According to sources, the proposal of a road connecting old terminal to new terminal was deliberated for which around 100 acres would be required. Around 85 acres falls in Chandigarh and the remaining in Mohali. Land will have to be acquired for the road. Administration and Air Force authorities will carry out a joint survey next week in connection with the project.
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At present, NH21, close to the Tribune roundabout, is the only direct road connecting Chandigarh to international airport, which is 19 km away from Sector 17 Inter-State Bus Terminal (ISBT). The proposed road will reduce the distance between old terminal and new airport by around 1 km.
The Chandigarh administration, in its Master Plan 2031, has emphasised on improving connectivity with the airport and has suggested three options to access the new airport by road. The plan suggested that the new terminal should be made accessible from the city by an underground tunnel if feasible while other options include connectivity from Purv Marg near Sector 48 and from the Zirakpur side.
Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has come up with an airport expressway that connects the Chandigarh-Patiala Road and Mohali-Kharar Road to the new airport. Despite repeated attempts to contact him, Ajit Balaji Joshi was not available for comment.