Friday, December 03, 2021

Five bids opened for Ludhiana international airport's interim terminal building

Ludhiana: Five construction companies have evinced interest in constructing the interim terminal building of an upcoming international airport at Halwara in Ludhiana, the administration has confirmed.

While the received financial bids have been opened and are being examined, the work on allied services at the much-awaited airport has picked up pace, the officials have said.

"Following the AAI nod, we are in the process to construct the new international airport at the earliest so that it starts operations by June next. Besides giving a major boost to the economic development of Ludhiana, the airport will also improve the air connectivity of the industrial capital of the state," Charanjit Singh Channi, Chief Minister said.

Sharing details, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma, who is monitoring the progress of the work on the airport project on a daily basis, told The Tribune, here on Friday, that the lowest and the most suitable bidder will be allotted the work to construct the interim terminal building of the new international airport within the next few days.

He said all five successful financial bids have been opened and are being examined as per the laid down specifications and norms. “The award of work will be done before December 15, when the work on the construction of the interim terminal building is slated to begin on ground,” the DC revealed.

After missing the January 2022 deadline earlier set by the state government to make the new airport operational following much delay in granting the final approval from the Airports Authority of India (AAI), the PWD (B&R) had floated two separate tenders for the construction of the airport project.

While the construction of an internal approach road, taxiway, car parking and apron had already started on ground last month, the deadline for starting the construction of the interim terminal building has been fixed for December 15.

It was on October 22 that the AAI had accorded formal nod to the construction of a new interim terminal building for the upcoming international airport at the cost of Rs 4,691.12 lakh.

The project entails construction of interim terminal building spread over 2,000 square metre area with other associated works, including construction of apron, taxiway, car parking and development of internal approach road.

The government has fixed a six-month deadline for the construction of the interim terminal building and associated works, which will be completed till June 30 next year.

03/12/21 Nitin Jain/Tribune

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