Swanky terminal to replace old airport

A preliminary project report for expansion of Patna airport entails building a new terminal six times bigger than the existing one. Five new aircraft parking bays and state hangars are among other expansionary works.

By Nishant Sinha in Patna
  • Published 20.08.17
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Patna, Aug. 19: A preliminary project report for expansion of Patna airport entails building a new terminal six times bigger than the existing one. Five new aircraft parking bays and state hangars are among other expansionary works.

Talking about the report, which is ready, Patna airport director Rajendra Singh Lahouria said: "The new terminal building will be 240m long and 95m wide as against the present 90mx42m terminal. The double-storeyed terminal would spread across 22,800sqm as against the current 3,780sqm one."

Lahouria added that the existing terminal building was built to handle an annual traffic of 0.5 million passengers, but 1.5 million passengers are already using it every year. This has led to extreme crowding in the terminal building. The new one will have a capacity to handle 3 million passengers annually, which will not only enhance the airport capacity but also provide convenience to the general public, he said.

Meanwhile, it has been decided to segregate the upcoming two-floor terminal building. The ground floor will be used as arrival section, while the first floor will be for departure.

Lahouria said: "Security checking for passengers will be conducted on the first floor where seating arrangements will be made. Aerobridges and in-line baggage scanning system will also be installed for convenience of passengers."

The report also talks of building five new parking bays for aircraft. At present, Patna airport have four parking bays for big planes and one for small aircraft.

A new control tower will be also set up as once the airport is expanded and the frequency of flights is expected to rise. Around 32 flights daily operate out of Patna airport.

Three hangars will also be developed, including two for the state government and one for the Bihar Flying Club. The first state hangar near the airport will be demolished by February next year after which the second will be demolished.

The report has been sent to the airport's civil engineering section. Once it is approved, the detailed project report will be prepared. After the detailed project report is finalised, actual work will start for airport expansion. Work is expected to start in six months, an airport official said.

The expansion work of Patna airport will be carried out in two phases. The first phase of work is likely to begin by mid-July this year and will be completed by 2019 after which work on the second phase will be undertaken and will be completed by 2021. The first phase of work would incur an investment of Rs 500 crore, while the second phase will cost another Rs 350 crore.

According to the plan formulated by the Airports Authority of India, once the work on phase-I of the terminal building is completed, passenger operations will be shifted to it and the existing terminal building will be demolished for construction work to begin on phase II of the building.