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New passenger terminal building for TRZ set to motion

Image result for new passenger terminal trichyWith the Airports Authority of India (AAI) having sanctioned construction of a new international passenger terminal building at the airport here, the initial work has been set in motion.

The consultancy firm engaged by the AAI corporate headquarters has launched the spade work by conducting soil test. The authorities have appointed an official in the designation of a General Manager as Project in-charge (engineering) to execute the project. The project consultant would provide three designs of the proposed elevated structure of the new terminal building to the AAI for the latter to choose and finalise one amongst them.

The structural designs of the building are expected to be submitted by this month. An official of the consultancy firm had recently inspected the airport.

The firm had completed soil investigation. The report would be forwarded to the AAI headquarters. The AAI had sanctioned over Rs. 800 crore for the construction of a two-level integrated passenger terminal building adjoining the existing one with basement to accommodate utilities. It would have a multi-level car parking facility.

The building would be over five times the size of the existing building and constructed in such a manner to cater to future requirements keeping in mind the passenger traffic growth up to 2025. It would be in a position to handle 3.52 million passengers per annum once completed. The building would come up on 61,000 square metres. The AAI has planned to rope in an expert from the Anna University as a consultant to suggest heritage and cultural features that are to be incorporated in the building. The heritage of the city would be reflected in the design.

The pre-construction works have been kick-started and is in the active stage. Action has been initiated with respect to Concept Level Safety Assessment which has been completed as per the guidelines of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. A host of other issues would have to be finalised including utility services, fire fighting and access roads. The consultancy firm would finalise the estimates and prepare tender-related documents to invite bidders through global tender. The work would take about three years from the time of the award of the global tender.

The airport which has at present has direct connectivity to Colombo, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai and Sharjah will have Bangkok in the list from September 29 onwards with the Thai AirAsia planning the launch the service in the Tiruchi – Bangkok- Tiruchi sector.

Source:http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/new-passenger-terminal-building-coming-up/article19766318.ece

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