Foundation Stone laid for New Integrated Terminal at LGBI Airport, Guwahati
Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport is scheduled to get a swanky New Integrated Terminal Building by 2021. The Foundation Stone for the New Integrated Terminal Building, which will be built at a cost or Rs.1, 232 Crores, was laid by Shri. P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Hon’ble Union Minister for Civil Aviation and Shri. Sarbanada Sonowal, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Assam on 28th January, 2018 in the august presence of Shri. Chandra Mohan Patowary, Minister of Commerce & Industry, Transport and Parliamentary Affairs, Govt. of Assam; and Shri Ramendra Narayan Kalita, Member of Legislative Assembly (Guwahati West), Assam and senior officials of Airports Authority of India.
The proposed New Integrated Terminal Building spread over 90000 Sqm. will be equipped with world-class passenger facilities and will have the capacity to handle 3100 passengers during peak hour. The interiors of the building will depict local handicrafts, murals and popular tourist destinations of Assam.
The new terminal building will conform to GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) 4-Star rating. The city side of the building will be aesthetically landscaped with lush green areas. It will have green areas within and outside connecting passengers to nature. A small internal forest feature, bamboo artifact and a craft village are integrated into the overall design, highlighting the rich ethos and culture of the Northeastern region of India.
An efficient solid waste management system, reuse of treated water for flushing and horticulture purpose, rain-water harvesting with sustainable urban drainage system and use of efficient water fixtures would be a few other green features of the project.
The new integrated terminal building will have 64 check-in counters, 20 self-check-in kiosks, eight immigration counters, eight custom counters, six arrival carousels, 10 escalators, one travellator, 25 elevators, 16 self-baggage drop counters and 20 aircraft parking bays among others.
While addressing the audience during the Bhoomi Poojan ceremony, Hon’ble Union Minister for Civil Aviation Shri P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju highlighted the importance of an airport in achieving development of a region and a state. He also emphasized on the cooperation needed between state governments and the Centre for developing civil aviation infrastructure. He mentioned that the present government, for the first time in the history of Indian Civil Aviation since independence, has formulated a National Civil Aviation Policy to connect small cities and to use the available airstrips across the country. Commenting on the upcoming integrated terminal building, to be ready by 2020-2021, he said that the new building is going to comply with all prevalent green-features and will help cater to the expanding air traffic from the region.
Commenting on the airport project being handled by the Airports Authority of India, Shri Sarbanada Sonowal, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Assam said, “Guwahati, the largest city of Assam and North East of India, and one of the fastest growing cities in India is on its way to transform into a Smart City. Today is an important day for Guwahati and Assam. The new airport being constructed by AAI will surely meet the futuristic demands of Guwahati and will further add to the infrastructural development of this expanding city.”