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Updated: July 22, 2013 17:48 IST

Agartala new terminal building work to start in six months

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President Pranab Mukherjee being received by Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on his arrival at Agartala Airport. Governor D. Konwar looks on. A file photo.
The Hindu President Pranab Mukherjee being received by Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on his arrival at Agartala Airport. Governor D. Konwar looks on. A file photo.

Work for new terminal building of Agartala airport would begin within six months as part of creating infrastructure to upgrade it to an international airport.

This was informed by chairman of Airports Authority of India (AAI) to Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar during a meeting in New Delhi, officials said in Agartala on Monday.

The new terminal building would be at least double its present size and the size of the apron would be four times bigger than the current size, Civil Aviation Secretary K N Srivastava had said in Agartala last month.

Agartala airport would be elevated to the status of an international airport by two-and-a-half years, he had said.

Mr. Sarkar had pressed for this demand when he called on Civil Aviation minister Ajit Singh on Friday.

The upgrading of the airport would improve connectivity to Dhaka and Chittagong of neighbouring Bangladesh, which in turn, will improve Indo-Bangla trade, Mr. Sarkar had said in a memorandum to Mr. Singh.

The AAI will invest Rs 250 crore to create infrastructure like expansion of runways, making aprons for accommodating 15 aircraft, modern terminal building, parking places and air traffic control towers.

The present airport is set up on 70-acre land and additional 107.46 acres would be acquired for which 140 families would be shifted and rehabilitated.

Mr. Sarkar said the airport has already functioned as an international airport when Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had visited Agartala last year.

Really hope AAI comes up with an WORLD CLASS international terminal (in the line of Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi Airports) in AGARTALA with all modern amenities!With growing economic linkage between INDIA and other ASEAN countries (latest being PM's visit to Japan and Thailand) as part of INDIA's LOOKEAST POLICY,it hardly leaves any room for imagination the role AGARTALA going to play in near future being the hub of international trade. And SMOOTH and AROMATIC flow of INTERNATIONAL and DOMESTIC travelers (includes businessman, tourists, patients, students) will hold key to fully realize potential of LOOKEAST policy envisioned by INDIA's leadership.Anything less than 'WORLD CLASS' would only defeat the very purpose behind infrastructure development of TRIPURA under LOOKEAST Policy!

from:  Vissionary
Posted on: Jul 24, 2013 at 08:39 IST

Really hope AAI comes up with an WORLD CLASS international terminal (in the line of Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi Airports) in AGARTALA with all modern amenities!With growing economic linkage between INDIA and other ASIAN countries (latest being PM's visit to Japan and Thailand) as part of INDIA's LOOKEAST POLICY,it hardly leaves any room for imagination the role AGARTALA going to play in near future being the hub of international trade. And SMOOTH and AROMATIC flow of INTERNATIONAL and DOMESTIC travelers (includes businessman, tourists, patients, students) will hold key to fully realize potential of LOOKEAST policy envisioned by INDIA's leadership.Anything less than 'WORLD CLASS' would only defeat the purpose behind infrastructure development of TRIPURA

from:  Vissionary
Posted on: Jul 22, 2013 at 13:58 IST
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