Work on trav­e­la­tor at Chennai air­port to be­gin this week

The fa­cil­ity is likely to be ready for use in Fe­bru­ary

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - Su­nitha Sekar

Nearly seven years af­ter it was pro­posed, the work to in­stall a trav­e­la­tor con­nect­ing the do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nals will be­gin this week.

It will take about 8 weeks to in­stall this fa­cil­ity and is likely to open to pub­lic by Fe­bru­ary next year. This will be lo­cated right out­side the ter­mi­nals (city side of the air­port).

“We floated the ten­der few months ago and sub­se­quently the con­tract was awarded. The ma­te­ri­als ar­rived last week and the in­stal­la­tion of this fa­cil­ity will be­gin this week­end. Since it is a long process, it will take about two months. Af­ter a brief pe­riod of test­ing, we hope to open it for use in Fe­bru­ary,” an of­fi­cial said.

It is es­ti­mated to cost ₹40 crore. Of this, ₹25 crore will be spent on civil work and ₹15 crore for in­stal­la­tion of this fa­cil­ity, he added.

The trav­e­la­tor was orig­i­nally a part of the phase I mod­erni­sa­tion project for Chennai air­port, but it was dropped from the project for var­i­ous rea­sons. Though the of­fi­cials planned to re­vive it later, it had been de­layed.

Then, AAI planned to have it as part of phase II mod­erni­sa­tion of the Chennai air­port that will cost about ₹2,500 crore. The project awaits fi­nal ap­proval. “But since it has been de­layed al­ready, we wanted to take the work for this project and the mul­ti­level car park­ing much be­fore the ac­tual phase II project be­gins,” an of­fi­cial said.

There is an­other small trav­e­la­tor con­nect­ing both ter­mi­nals past the se­cu­rity check of the ter­mi­nals.

Of­fi­cial

It is es­ti­mated to cost ₹40 crore, of which ₹25 crore will be for civil work

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