Rs3b allocated for construction of NIIA’s road
ISLAMABAD—The federal government has allocated Rs 3 billion under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the year 201617 for construction of road network of New Islamabad International Airport (NIIA).
The first-ever green-field airport, having a capacity to support landing and parking of Airbus A-380, the biggest passenger aircraft of the world, is being constructed near Fateh Jang, some 20 km from the center of the federal capital, 23 km from Rawalpindi, and just a few kilometers from the Islamabad interchange on M1/M2 motorways. The airport would be equipped with cutting-edge technologies and state-of-the-art facilities for passengers to meet the 21st century challenges.
The much delayed mega project, having an area of 3,289 acres, is being built to replace the existing Benazir Bhutto International Airport.
According to official sources, the inordinate delay occurred in the completion of the project due to land acquisition process,frequently changing directors, cancellation and revival of contracts with international companies, lack of easy access road for shifting heavy machinery and absence of water and electricity resources in the area.
A senior official of CAA said, the latest landing system would allow planes to land in harsh weather and dense fog. With the help of Islamabad Electric Supply Company (Iesco), the NIIA has established its own grid station for power supply.
The airport consists of 90 check-in counters and a parking facility for 2,000 vehicles, car parking for 22,000 vehicles, a covered plaza area for 200 cars, a control tower, maintenance hangar, a 15-gate terminal with ten remote gates, a four star hotel, convention centre, duty-free shops, food court, two-runways, six-taxiways, five-aprons, 15 passenger boarding bridges, runway lightening system CATE-III, 150KMT cargo handling facility, and 42 immigration counters.
The new airport had also introduced the highest baggage security system in the country - five levels of security screening process for luggage.
More than 10,000 plants had been planted in the airport to make the atmosphere healthy and green. The airport is also likely to create massive job opportunities and other commercial activities in the area.