AAI to help Amausi meet June challenge

Amausi airport will meet the June challenge with AAI deciding to help it build Rs 78.34 cr integrated passenger terminal, reports Santosh Chowdhary.
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Updated on Mar 22, 2007 06:12 PM IST
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None | BySantosh Chowdhary, Lucknow

Finally, Amausi Airport gears up to meet the June challenge with AAI deciding to help it build Rs 78.34 crore fully integrated passenger terminal.

The integrated passenger terminal will be a big step for Amausi to be able to get the licence for operating international flights.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had set an earlier deadline for March 31, 2007 for Amausi to acquire the licence.

Since, Oman Air has been given the green light by the DGCA to start flight operations to Lucknow from June, the deadline is deemed to be extended to June. “June has to be an undeclared deadline. Because, you cannot operate international flights without the licence,” source said.

The Airports Authority of India has decided to complete the construction of the new fully integrated passenger terminal building within 18 months time.

It had already completed construction of the new technical block-cum-control tower at the airport as per the modernization plan chalked out for the non-metro airports across the country.

“We have already called for bids from contractors and construction firms for shortlisting candidates among them who would be awarded the composite work for completion of the project consisting of civil, internal and external electrical installations besides setting up fire-fighting, fire-detection and alarm and public address system,” highly placed AAI sources told HT.

The work for the project is expected to commence during May-June period after the contractors submit their bids latest by April 16 and work is awarded within a fortnight, sources said.

The work for the construction of the new integrated passenger terminal building in Lucknow was earlier slated for 2008-09 period but considering the growing traffic of gulf-bound passengers from the airport, a decision was taken to expedite work related to construction of the new terminal building ahead of schedule.

The Amausi airport is still awaiting a license to be declared a full-fledged international airport.

He said the new passenger terminal would be a truly world class structure with amenities similar to what is being talked about at Delhi and Mumbai international airports. Barely a month back, the AAI took up the construction of a new terminal building at Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) airport at Varanasi a cost of Rs 64.98 crore.

The total time allocated to the contractors for the completion of civil and electrical works for the building was 15 months. “The work for the construction of the new terminal building at the Varanasi airport had already started,” sources informed.

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