Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Work on integrated terminal at airport to begin by June

Chennai: With the Public Investment Board on Monday clearing the Rs 2,000 crore integrated terminal project to replace the old domestic terminal at Chennai airport, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is likely to start work on it within six months.
A senior official said that the next step would be to float a tender to identify a contractor to build the terminal. "The board which went into the feasibility of the project, the rate of return and the justification for the cost has approved the project. It is mandatory to place such infrastructure projects before the board before final plans are firmed up," he added.

A tentative design of the terminal building has been finalised out of two or three designs that were put forth. Though it may vary marginally at the time the contract is awarded, it will have a tall canopy extending all the way to the edge of the existing bridge in front of the terminals.
This design is being considered as the canopy of the existing steel and glass domestic and international terminals does not cover the bridge, causing water seepage into the entry gates of the departure on the first floor. There is also a plan to make the design foolproof by taking into consideration the drawbacks in the new domestic and international terminals which were opened in 2013.
19/12/17 Times of India