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New Delhi 20th September 2017: With an objective of improving and developing airport infrastructure to meet the growing traffic, Airports authority of India (AAI) will undertake new development works at Lucknow, Deoghar, Rajkot and Allahabad airport.
AAI plans to construct new integrated passenger terminal building at Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, Lucknow with estimated cost of Rs. 1230 Crores resultant of the increasing passenger traffic during last 5 years. The new terminal will be able to handle 4000 passengers during peak hour and 6.35 million passengers per annum.
AAI will develop Deoghar airport in Jharkhand, to facilitate the joint use of civil operation up to Airbus-320 and DRDO operation up to C-130 type of aircraft. The work will be carried out at an estimated cost of Rs. 401.34 crore on fixed cost basis and Rs. 427.43 crore
on completion cost basis. An MoU was signed between the Govt. of Jharkhand, DRDO and AAI in March, 2017. As per the MOU, there will be financial input to the tune of Rs. 50 Cr by Govt. of Jharkhand, Rs. 200 Cr by DRDO and balance cost to be funded by AAI.
To meet the demand of increasing air travel in Allahabad, a new civil enclave at Allahabad will be developed by AAI at an estimated cost of 125.76 crores. The new terminal is to be made operational before the ‘Ardh Kumbh Mela’ to be held in January 2019.
AAI will also take up the work of development of greenfield airport at Hirasar, Rajkot in Gujrat on Build, Operate and Maintain basis. Govt of Gujarat has provided the land free of cost and proposed the construction of new greenfield airport to meet the traffic demand potential of Saurashtra region matching the growth in economic activity and distinguished population profile having very high number i.e. 50% of total NRIs of Gujarat from Saurashtra. The present airport doesn’t have the infrastructure to handle the growing traffic due to capacity constraint.