Saturday, September 19, 2020

After six-month delay, work on civil enclave at Chakeri airport set to take off next month

Lucknow: After a six-month delay due to coronavirus pandemic, work on the proposed civil enclave at Kanpur’s Chakeri airport is set to take off next month. The project is expected to be completed by January 2022.

After the civil enclave is ready, the airport will be able to handle 40% more passengers annually against its current capacity. A civil enclave is an area at a military air base which is allotted for civil aviation.

"At present, only two flights operate in a day but after 16 months, the airport will handle 12-14 flights, including international ones," said director, Chakeri airport, Bhrigu Kant Jha. With the handling capacity of 300 passengers an hour, the Chakeri airport terminal will spread on an area of 6,218 square metres. "According to our estimate, over 2 lakh passengers will use the airport service annually as against 85,000 passengers currently. The airport will have space for parking of three Airbus-321 aircraft and a car parking area to accommodate around 150 vehicles," Jha said. "The project was to start earlier this year but got delayed by six months due to Covid-19 outbreak," he added.

The terminal will be a four-star GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) rated energy-efficient building equipped with eight check-in counters, in-line baggage handling system, two conveyor belts for passengers, and will be well connected with lifts. The centrally air-conditioned terminal will have interiors depicting the culture of the city.

To make it energy-efficient, the building has been designed in such a manner that it uses maximum natural sunlight for illumination. Further, eye-soothing lights and greenery with drip irrigation wall plants will be used at the airport to give it an aesthetic look.

19/09/20 Arvind Chauhan/Times of India

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