Stepping Stones to Enhance Connectivity
Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport is scheduled to host a swanky New Integrated Terminal Building by 2021. The foundation stone for the New Integrated Terminal Building, which will be built at a cost or `1,232 Crores, was laid by Shri P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Hon’ble Union Minister of Civil Aviation and Shri Sarbanada Sonowal, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Assam on January 28, 2018 in the august presence of Shri Chandra Mohan Patowary, Minister of Commerce & Industry, Transport and Parliamentary Affairs, Govt. of Assam; and Shri Ramendra Narayan Kalita, Member of Legislative Assembly (Guwahati West), Assam and senior officials of the Airports Authority of India.
The proposed New Integrated Terminal Building spread over 90000 Sq. m., will be equipped with world-class passenger facilities along with the capacity to handle 3100 passengers during the peak hour. The interiors of the building will depict local handicrafts, murals and popular tourist destinations of Assam.
The new terminal building will conform to GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) four-star rating. The city-side of the building will be aesthetically landscaped with lush green zones. It will host green areas within and outside the complex providing passengers with an intimate experience of nature. A small internal forest feature, bamboo artefacts and a craft village highlighting the rich ethos and culture of India’s Northeastern region have been integrated into the overall design.
The New Integrated Terminal Building will have 64 Check-in Counters, 20 selfcheck-in kiosks, eight immigration counters, eight custom counters, six arrival carousels, 10 escalators, one travellator, 25 elevators, 16 self-baggage drop counters and 20 aircraft parking bays, among others.
An efficient solid waste management system, reuse of treated water for flushing and horticulture purpose, rain-water harvesting with sustainable urban drainage system and use of efficient water fixtures would be a few other green features of the project.
While addressing the audience during the Bhoomi Poojan ceremony, Hon’ble Union Minister of Civil Aviation Shri P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju highlighted the importance of an airport in achieving the development of a region and a state. He also emphasised on the cooperation needed between state governments and the Centre for developing the nation’s civil aviation infrastructure. He mentioned that the present government, for the first time in the history of Indian Civil Aviation since independence, has formulated a National Civil Aviation Policy to connect small cities using the available airstrips across the country. Commenting on the upcoming Integrated Terminal Building, to be ready by 2020-2021, he said that the new building will comply with all prevalent green-features and help cater to the expanding air traffic from the region.
Commenting on the airport project being handled by the Airports Authority of India, Shri Sarbanada Sonowal, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Assam said, “Guwahati, the largest city of Assam and North-east India, is one of the fastest growing cities in India and is on its way to becoming a Smart City. Today is an important day for Guwahati and Assam. The new airport being constructed by AAI will surely meet the futuristic demands of Guwahati and will further add to the infrastructural development of this expanding city.”
Unveiling of plaque by Shri. Sarbananda Sonowal, Hon’ble CM of Assam and Shri. P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Hon’ble Union Minister of Civil Aviation during the foundation stone laying of the New Integrated Terminal Building at LGBI Airport, Guwahati