After completing construction of the state-of-theart new terminal building T2, Airports Authority of India (AAI) is all set to move on to phase two of Kolkata airport’s modernisation plan.
In this phase, the AAI would come up with an air traffic control (ATC) tower and a technical building.
During his recent visit to the city, AAI chairman VP Agarwal had said that construction of the towercum-technical building would begin soon and according to sources, it could start as early as December this year. The detailed plan and rough estimates are ready but detailed estimates are being prepared. Once this is done, the process of floating tenders would start. The entire process would take sometime.
“Having recently completed a world class terminal at Kolkata Airport, we are now all set to upgrade the ATC infrastructure as well. Construction of the new state-of-art control tower along with the technical block will commence soon,” Harpal Singh, executive director architect of AAI said.
The proposed tower would be 80 metres high. The people working on the tower would have a bird’s eye view of the entire airport area from the control room. “Air traffic controllers would have 360 degrees of unobstructed view. In addition, the tower would be equipped with the latest equipment and technology,” Agarwal said.
“Architecture of the proposed ATC will be of international standards,” an AAI official said.
Alongside the tower, a new six-storied modern office building to house technical offices would be built.
The proposed project would cost Rs 271 crore approximately, which includes the cost of equipment worth Rs 150 crore. The proposal has received the approval of the AAI board and it is expected that it would be completed approximately in twenty-four months after work is awarded.
“This would be step forward in achieving a comprehensive and inclusive upgrade combining passenger facilities and traffic control facilities at NSCBI Airport in Kolkata,” Singh said.
The existing air traffic control tower was built in the sixties and in order to cope with the growing demands, additions and modifications have been carried out from time to time.
The existing control tower is around 35 metres high and a view from it is partially blocked in certain parts of the operational area where some new bays have been constructed.
For example, a part of the operational area in front of the new terminal building’s international side is not visible from the control tower.
The technical building would have five floors and the tower would be connected with a sky bridge from the fifth floor of the building.