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Airport expansion work rolls in Patna - Report

Infra News - Published on Mon, 11 Jun 2018

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Telegraph India reported that the new fabricated structure coming up at Patna airport will be ready by October this year. Once it's complete, the security hold area is expected to be doubled. "The new 625x25sqm fabricated structure at the airport is being built at an estimated cost of INR 2.7 crore," the director of Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport, Mr Rajendra Singh Lahauria, told The Telegraph. "This temporary structure is being built with porta (portable) cabins. Once the airport expansion work is completed in three years, this will be removed."

Porta cabin structures are low-cost and take much less construction time compared to permanent structure and can be transferred elsewhere.

The necessity to build this new fabricated structure arose from the last year's experience when hundreds of passenger had to wait for flights sitting in biting cold in the open. Mr Lahauria said: "Once complete, the fabricated structure will be a big relief for passengers waiting for flights."

The 625x25sqm structure would be able to accommodate around 400 people. The visitors' area and security hold area inside the terminal building can now accommodate 600 people at a time.

He said that "Work for the new terminal building will start in two months for which tenders have already been invited. The tender for the same was issued in April and was opened last month. The construction work was expected to start in April-May this year, but has been delayed. It will take another two years to complete the work. "

The expansion work of the airport will be carried out in two phases, roughly on an area of 11.35 acres. The first phase is likely to begin by August this year and will be completed by 2019 after which the second phase will continue till 2021. The first phase will incur an investment of INR 500 crore, while the second phase will be carried out at about INR 350 crore.

According to the plan formulated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), once the work on phase I of the terminal building is complete, passenger operations will be shifted there and the existing terminal building will be demolished to make way for phase II of construction to begin.

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Mon, 11 Jun 2018
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