Thursday, November 15, 2018

Third terminal at SVPI to cost Rs 1,300 crore

Ahmedabad: A third terminal is set to come up at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport, to better manage its rapidly growing number of fliers.

Manoj Gangal, the director of SVPI airport, said, “The new terminal was proposed because of the growing traffic at SVPI and this was cleared recently. AAI has earmarked a little over Rs 1,300 crore for the new terminal, which will be spread over 80,000 square metres.”

Terminal-3 will be built next to the existing domestic terminal (Terminal-1), toward the right while facing the entrance to the terminal. Preparations for construction of the new terminal are in their final stages.

“With the plan for the new terminal being cleared a couple of months ago, we expect that the foundation stone will be laid in early 2019,” Gangal said.

AAI has decided that the new terminal will serve domestic passengers. “The number of domestic passengers travelling to and from SVPI is doubling every three years. Thus there is a space crunch despite the expansion of the arrivals area and the security hold part of the departures area,” said Gangal.
15/11/18 Niyati Parikh/Times of India