Chandigarh, August 8
A steel and glass building would soon replace the old concrete building of the airport. A new building would soon replace the current one as the building plan of the Chandigarh Airport has finally come through. Work on the new building is expected to start in 3-6 months. The new building will be a glass building and will have two floors; a budget of 50.2 crores has already been sanctioned for the same.

The city airport will soon be acquiring explosive detectors. According to airport director Suneel Dutt, they would be acquiring two explosive detectors, which are expected to be with the airport authorities here next week. 

The building will come up in an area of 12, 000 square meters. The buildings design has been done in house by the Airport authority of India. The work is expected to be completed on the building in 15 months of its commencement. Talking to TNS, Airport Director Suneel Dutt informed that the design of the building had been approved and work should start soon.

The new building, which will have two floors, is proposed to have all the latest amenities for the passengers, which include escalators. The new airport will have up to three aero bridges and will be able to accommodate 500 passengers. Check in facility for six to eight flights would also be accommodated for. The airport is also proposed to have parking for 500 cars.

The construction of the new building would also mean extension of the apron area, which would then be able to accommodate five wide-bodied aircrafts. The officials also propose to broaden the road leading towards the airport. The new building is also proposed to cater to international flights.

Meanwhile, the current airport building which has been in existence since 1974 will see some additions before its final end, when the new building comes up. Tenders will soon be floated to make the current building fully air conditioned, apart from introducing an ATM and a currency exchange counter. “We have already provided certain amenities and we hope to provide the rest soon,” stated Dutt. 

Source: Amrita Dhaliwal Tribune News Service