Saturday, March 23, 2019

Contract for airport terminal extension yet to be awarded

Surat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid foundation stone for extension of terminal building at Surat airport at a cost of Rs350 crore in January.
However, information gathered under Right to Information (RTI) Act by an RTI activist shows that Airports Authority of India (AAI) is yet to award work contract for the same. Official sources said the tender for terminal building extension was floated two months ago, but the work order is yet to be awarded.
With model code of conduct in force due to Lok Sabha elections, the tender procedure now will be taken up after June 2019. The terminal building of Surat Airport is being extended by AAI at a cost of Rs350 crore. The existing terminal building has an area of 8,474 square metre that will be extended by additional 17,046 square metre (excluding city side and air side kerb) to have a total area of 25, 520 square metre. After the extension, the terminal building will be capable to handle (1,200 domestic + 600 international) ie 1,800 passenger during peak hours daily. Surat airport will be able to handle 2.6 million passengers annually.
 23/03/19 Times of India