Step­ping Stones to En­hance Con­nec­tiv­ity

Airports India - - NEWS - PR Team, CHQ, AAI

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.

TER­MI­NAL BUILD­ING

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.

GREEN FEA­TURES

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

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