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Ceiling mishap at airport

A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawan was injured when a portion of the false ceiling at Birsa Munda Airport’s terminal building collapsed on Sunday morning.

Apparently jawan R.K. Pal’s injuries were not serious and the incident occurred well away from the waiting area meant for passengers.

Birsa Munda Airport director Raju Raghavendra Kumar confirmed the incident and said a 4x6 feet chunk fell off the ceiling of the old terminal building.

The terminal was built in the 1960s. In another incident in June, a portion of the upcoming new terminal building had collapsed, though no one was injured in that incident.

The nearly half a decade old Birsa Munda Airport is set to get a new integrated terminal building, work on which kicked off in February 2009. The cost of the project is pegged at Rs 138 crore.

Meanwhile, Airport Authority of India (AAI) is aggressively pursuing its plans to increase the length of the runway by an additional 1,200 feet from the existing 8,900 feet. It is also trying to push through a blueprint for other associated facilities like a dedicated cargo terminal, hotel and better parking.

Once ready, the integrated terminal building will boast of a natural lighting system and an inline baggage inspection facility that will handle 500 domestic and 200 international passengers daily.

At present, the old terminal building is being used as the completion of the new terminal is still a few more months away.

“The new terminal building may be ready for use by next March,” said Kumar, the airport director.

A new parking spot with a capacity to accommodate about 600 cars is also coming up in front of the new terminal.

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