Friday, July 28, 2017

ATC tower, tech block construction to start soon

Kolkata: The construction of an air traffic control tower (ATC) and a technical block, that was designed for the Kolkata airport by a French architecture firm a decade ago, is finally set to begin after monsoon with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) issuing the work order to Rama Construction Pvt Ltd.
Controllers — who have been calling for a modern and spacious workplace — are, however, far from enthused as their hopes of an iconic, cloud-kisser have been dashed. Instead, a stunted tower, half the size they had yearned for, has been approved at a cost of Rs 458 crore. While the construction will be completed in three years, the tower will be functional by mid-2021.
The tower and technical block had been designed alongside the integrated terminal by international architect firm Aeroport de Paris SA in 2007-08. Initially, the construction of both projects were scheduled in succession, first the terminal and then the tower. But the latter was held up for four years as AAI debated the design and height. Initially proposed at 86m, controllers had lobbied for a 112m structure that would be AAI's showpiece. But the approved tower is 57.9m, way shorter than the ATC towers at Delhi (102m) and Mumbai (83.8m).
28/07/17 Times of India