CHANDIGARH GETS A NEW LANDMARK
The country has witnessed unprecedented growth in the last decade with the growth of passengers by three times from 69 million in 2004-05 to 188 million in Financial year 2014-15 with an annual growth rate of 12% per annum. Keeping pace and bridging the gap between the demand and capacity Airports Authority of India has continued adding destination after destination and New Civil Air Terminal at Chandigarh was dedicated to the Nation by the Prime Minister of India on 11th September, 2015. Chandigarh is one of the planned cities of India and so is the New Terminal Building. The city is famous for aesthetic landscapes and is well planned so is the Terminal Building, which has befitting Murals, and landscapes inside the Terminal Building depicting the great heritage of the city. The city holds the unique distinction of being the capital city of two states i.e. Haryana and Punjab, and also holds the status of Union Territory and is a Hub of robust business activities and is one of the fastest growing capital cities, having the highest per capita income in the country.
The Terminal Building has a peak hour handling capacity of 1600 passengers built at a land mass of 300 acres. The Terminal Building has an area of 53,400 sq m. The total cost of the project, including the cost of the land, is to the tune of Rs.939 crores, The other salient features of the Terminal Building include 48 Check-
in counters, Four long (72M)baggage conveyor belts, three passenger boarding bridges (aero bridges), parking for 500 cars. On the apron side, it has capacity for parking 8 aircraft, 7 of ‘C’ Type and one of ‘E’ Type and the Cargo Apron for Two ‘C’ Type aircraft. The new facility has cargo apron measuring 120m x 110m. Airports Authority of India has introduced ample green features in the New Civil Air Terminal which includes LED Lighting, Energy Efficient Chillers, Double Insulated
Roofing System, Rain Water Harvesting, Re-use of treated water (600 KLD STP).
On the ownership front, the new Civil Air Terminal has been established at Chandigarh as a joint venture by the name of Chandigarh International Airport Ltd. (CHIAL) with the participation of AAI, Govt. of Punjab and Govt. of Haryana with the equity status of 51%, 24.5% with each of the State Governments respectively. The modern integrated Terminal Building is made of glass and steel structure and is equipped with modern state-of-theart equipment and passenger facilities. Economic activities in the three stages are linked to the development of the city in terms of roads, rail and air connectivity. A number of initiatives have accordingly been taken by the Governments to upgrade the infrastructure in and around the city to boost economic growth in the region. Keeping in view the significant growth in passenger traffic at the existing Civil Enclave at Chandigarh over the recent past, Airports Authority of India had taken up expansion of existing terminal building in 2010. However, with the unprecedented and rapid increase in traffic at Chandigarh Airport, capacity of this expanded terminal may not be sufficient to handle the estimated domestic and international passenger traffic beyond 2015-16. There is a need for enhanced facilities to cater to the increased demand for passenger travel. In order to establish an International Civil Air Terminal Complex, to cater for operation of civil flights to and from Chandigarh
and for providing modern amenities of International standards , Airports Authority of India, Government of Punjab and Government of Haryana had entered into a Memorandum of Understanding in 2008 for setting up a Joint Venture Company for building and operating the International Civil Air Terminal Complex at Chandigarh. The JV Company CHANDIGARH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LTD. (CHIAL) had thus already acquired 306 Acres of land across the runway. Airports Authority of India had started the construction of new International Terminal Building in Aug. 2012 and completed the same in May 2015 within schedule time.
The new terminal project also includes elevated road to facilitate departing passengers at first floor, interconnected tunnel for services, joining Terminal Building and Service Block. The project includes service block having an area 5400 Sqm, one Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) of 600 KLD, which is based on environment friendly Extended Aeration Technology, and Water Treatment Plant (WTP) etc. The new Terminal Building project also includes Rain Water Harvesting and re-use of treated water for flushing and gardening, which is based on 4 star GRIHA rating base of Govt. Of India.
Constructing such a magnificent Terminal Building at a cost of Rs.65,000/per sq.mt. is a milestone in itself which will pave a new way in the country so far as the development of airport infrastructure is concerned and it will surely boost the overall connectivity for Tourism and Trade in the Country.
Air side view of the new terminal
Integrated Terminal Building
Night aerial view