S. Anil Radhakrishnan
Meeting today to decide on date of inauguration
Finishing work on at terminal building
Operations may start after a month
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has written to the State government informing its readiness to commission the Rs.245.58-crore terminal complex of the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport by December-end.
The Chief Secretary will convene a meeting of those concerned on Thursday evening to decide on the date of commissioning the world class terminal complex.
Highly placed sources said the move was to commission the complex by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit to the capital in January first week to inaugurate the Indian Science Congress.
The AAI informed the government that the work on the 19-metre tall three-storey terminal building, on the Chakka side facing the Parvathy Puthanar, was almost over and that the finishing works would be completed by December 25.
In the letter, the AAI pointed out that the surfacing work of the car park in front of the new complex would be completed by next week.
The aerobridge equipment procured from Indonesia had arrived at the airport and the work to install it had commenced.
The Central Electrical Authority was yet to give nod for the power supply. The AAI pointed that the other pending works were the sewerage connection and the connectivity from the NH47 bypass to the airport.
Onus on government
“The ball is now in the State government’s court as these works are being executed by it,” a top AAI official said.
It is more or less confirmed that the Rs.21.73-crore approach road from the bypass will not be completed by the year end.
The 170-metre-long and 30-metre-wide road being laid by the State government undertaking Kitco is to facilitate six-lane traffic to the complex.
A Kitco official said round-the-clock work was on to complete three lanes for vehicles to enter from the Eenchakkal side and ensure connectivity to the complex for the inaugural function.
“It will take another month to commence flight operations from the new terminal,” the AAI official said.
The counters and the offices allocated for 15 airlines and to the Customs and the Immigration need to be furnished by the respective agencies before the operations commence from the terminal.
In the first phase, the AAI executed works costing Rs.165 crore, including the Rs.115-crore building, apron and a car park on the Parvathy Puthanar side that can accommodate 575 cars.
In the second phase, works costing Rs.80.58 crore were undertaken. An additional 8,000 sq m floor area was added to the complex with the extension of the building by 27 metres on the Karali side and 40.5 m on the Chakka side.
Fully funded by the AAI, the terminal complex will have a floor area of 23,299 sq m.