S.Ganesan and P.Oppilli

TIRUCHI/CHENNAI: The Rs.80-crore, state-of-the-art integrated terminal will be declared open at the Tiruchi Airport on Saturday, giving a big push to civil aviation infrastructure in the central region.

Tiruchi is one of the non-metro airports taken up for expansion by the Centre and the new terminal building will make for a world class airport.

The steel and glass structure, built close to the terminal, can handle about 400 passengers at a time.

The new terminal would have two aerobridges with glass tunnels , three escalators and five lifts within four months. Provision has been made for a third aerobridge.

With seven aircraft parking bays, it would become functional once additional manpower was posted to the Central Industrial Security Force and after the commissioning of the Common User Terminal Equipment which entails signing of agreements by air operators.

The ground-plus-one building will have a floor space of 11,800 square metres.

The ground floor will feature a landscaped and open central concourse, check-in area, two security holds, restaurants, duty-free shops, VIP lounges, customs and immigration desks.

A city-side canopy, lawns and about 300 car parking bays make the façade of the terminal constructed on an elevated plane to give it better visibility from the Tiruchi-Pudukottai highway.

Special construction material such as space frame and zip roofs have been used. The terminal will be energy efficient and include a centralised ‘building management system’ for controlling amenities such as air-conditioning and lighting. It will also have a power sub-station.

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