While domestic flights are set to start from the new terminal at the Chandigarh Airport from October 19 onwards, the ring road which will connect the airport road to National Highway (NH)-73 at Zirakpur and NH-21 at Kharar is yet to be completed.
The new terminal was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 11. The ring road will take around three to four months to complete, said an official of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA).
According to information available, a 3-km stretch of the airport road from the Industrial Area in Phase I to Kharar, which will connect the road to NH-21 near the North Country Mall, is not yet ready to open. The road from Chatt village to Peermushalla is incomplete as well. It will take around three to four months for the road to become fully operational.
The construction of the service road from Peermushalla will start at the end of this month. Once completed, the stretch will enable people to reach NH-73, where the Zirakpur overbridge ends, directly from the airport which will cut short their journey by about 30 minutes.
With the incomplete road, the passengers coming to the airport from Ropar side will have to cross Kharar, the most congested area, to reach the airport. It could lead to traffic chaos on NH-21. The passengers who will leave the new terminal to reach NH-73 will also have to cross through Zirakpur which will extend their journey to New Delhi by about half an hour.
GMADA chief administrator A K Sinha said that the road from Peermushalla to NH-73 would take some time to complete.