Thursday, November 05, 2020

EC nod for Surat airport’s terminal expansion project

Surat: The expert appraisal committee (EAC) of the the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) has recommended environmental clearance (EC) for the extension of terminal building at Surat airport.

The meeting of the EAC was organised a meeting through video conference to decide on the much-awaited EC on October 21.

The EAC observed that there was no compliance with regard to the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) provisions for the rain water harvesting, setting up of the laboratory for environment management cell etc by the airport authorities.

A senior office of Airport Authority of India (AAI) told TOI, “The EAC has recommended for the EC of the terminal expansion work at Surat airport. The pending works at the airport will be started without any delay. We expect that the expansion of terminal project will be completed very soon.”

The terminal building of Surat Airport is being extended by the AAI at the cost of Rs 354 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.

In absence of EC for the terminal extension project, no major work could start except for the design, drawing and diversion of underground utility services. It has been observed that the AAI could not get the EC despite the lapse of one year of the appointment of environmental consultant on January 18, 2019.

05/11/20 Times of India

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