Kolkata: With two deadlines missed, work on the new integrated terminal of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International airport was on in full swing and was expected to be completed on September 30, Airport Advisory Committee Chairman Saugata Roy said today.
Roy, who is Union Minister of State for Urban Development told reporters after a meeting of the Airport Advisory Committee that it would be up to the Centre and the state government to decide when the terminal would be formally thrown open after completion.
The minister said the modernisation of the NSCB international airport, taken up by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and designed to handle two crore passengers, was pegged at Rs 2,400 crore.
The cost was far less than the recent modernisation by private agencies of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai and the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, he said.
The IGI which can handle 3.5 crore passengers has been built at a cost of Rs 12,000 crore by the GMR group, the minister said.
A trial run of the under construction terminal in Kolkata had been successfully completed on July 15 with the docking of a flight from Mumbai carrying 84 passengers. The trial run of the departure facility will be held later, Roy said.
Eighteen aerobridges will be brought soon from Malaysia, he said.
The minister said to ease congestion in the airport area, traffic would be regulated between 6 pm and 9 pm.
He said the state Public Works Department would undertake widening of VIP Road leading to the airport and landscaping near the entry gate at a cost of Rs 20 crore.
The Airport authorities were in talks with the state transport department and the Civil Aviation authorities to ensure public transport to passengers after 10 pm, Roy said.
Prepaid taxi services at the airport had been streamlined with the help of the police, the minister said.
Structural work on the new integrated terminal of the Kolkata airport began in November 2008 but previous deadlines of July 2011 and August 2012 were overshot.
The six level L-shaped integrated terminal building built on 2,33,000 sq mt will have two-tier facility for arrivals and departures. Fitted with 18 aerobridges, it will have twin level underground parking for 1,250 cars and 60,000 sq mt of neatly laid landscaped gardens.