Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Patna airport set for a makeover in 3 years

Patna: If all goes well, the Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport (JPNI) airport would look like a mini version of the Indira Gandhi International Airport’s magnificent T-3 in New Delhi — after its expansion in the next three years.
As per the design recently approved by CM Nitish Kumar, a terminal building will be developed over an area of 57,000 square metres in place of the existing terminal building that is spread over merely 7,200 square metres.
The new terminal building will be a two-storey structure, equipped with six aerobridges and an apron area to park 14 aircraft at any given time. As of now, the airport has the capacity to park only four aircraft.
Passengers booked in the flights taking off from Patna will have to drive to the departure hall on the first floor through a six-lane elevated approach road that will originate from Peer Ali Marg, commonly known as the airport road. A separate six-lane stretch will run underneath up to the arrival lounge.
A picturesque ‘Madhubani Garden’ will be developed in the existing pick-up and drop area in front of the terminal building. A VIP lounge will be created on the northern side of the new terminal building.
Several existing buildings in and around the airport premises, including the Airport Colony and IAS Bhavan, will be demolished to give way for the expansion work. Besides, several utility buildings, including the meteorological centre and Bihar Flying Club, will be shifted and a new ATC tower will be constructed adjacent to the BIT-Patna campus.
15/11/17 Piyush Tripathi/Times of India

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