Saturday, June 19, 2021

Gujarat: Hirasar international airport construction work to end by 2023

Rajkot: The under construction international airport at Hirasar, located around 30kms, from Rajkot will be completed by March 2023, informed the district administration and airport authority of India (AAI) in a joint statement issued on Friday. The construction work has not been hampered due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the press release stated, adding that the first phase of the project is expected to be completed by August 2022.

The international airport, spread over 1,025 hectares, is being built on the Rajkot-Ahmedabad highway. The foundation stone for the project was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2017.

The construction cost of the first phase is estimated to be around Rs 670 crore, informed Loknath Padhe, general manager of the project. “The work of the first phase is expected to be completed by August 2022. The construction of the terminal building work will be taken in the second phase, which is expected to be completed by December 2022. We are planning to complete the entire project by March 2023,”Padhe said, adding that the total project cost is around Rs 1,400 crore.

According to AAI officials, almost 46% work of the 3,040 meter-long runway, which is 45m wide, has been completed so far. The construction of the airport apron area, from where the passengers board the plane, is over. The construction of a parallel taxi track (PTT), which is connected to three links, is almost 90% over. PTT is the area from where the aircraft vacates the runway after landing. The construction work of a 27 kms long boundary wall, internal roads and watch tower are underway. The airport will also have a dedicated fire station.

A work force of 1,300, including 250 engineers, is working round the clock at the project site, informed Rajkot prant officer Charansinh Gohil, who is coordinating with airport authority on behalf of the district administration. “This project will generate employment for the local people and this project will benefit the entire Saurashtra,” said Rajkot district collector Remya Mohan.

19/06/21 Times of India

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