Rs3b al­lo­cated for con­struc­tion of NIIA’s road

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - STAFF REPORTER

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.

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