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New terminal at airport to be commissioned by year-end

Fast-paced: Work in progress at the new terminal complex coming up at the Thiruvananthapuram international airport.  

S. Anil Radhakrishnan

The shell of the building to be completed by April

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The shell of the three-storey terminal building of the Rs.245.58-crore world class terminal complex of Thiruvananthapuram international airport will be ready by April.

The fabrication for the building, having a tubular structure of elliptical geometry, which is coming up facing the Parvathi Puthanar on Chaka side is on in full swing.

Already, six of the nineteen 18-metre portals and two of the nineteen 36-metre portals had been completed. Around 3,000 tonnes of steel are needed for portals and 1,000 tonnes have been procured with the assistance of the Steel Authority of India.

“We will complete the shell of the terminal building by April. Thirty-five per cent of the works is over and the terminal will be commissioned as scheduled in December this year,” Airport Director N. Nagraj told The Hindu.

All the 511 piles have been completed. A four mm membrane waterproofing using imported atactic polypropylene has been given to the pile caps and pedestals in view of the proximity to the canal.

Work to erect the portals on the pedestals is on. Layer-by-layer filling of sand and compacting had also started. An HDPE layer will be provided below the granite and vitrified floor to check moisture.

The work on the Rs.165-crore first phase of the terminal complex includes Rs.115-crore terminal building, apron and a car park, which can accommodate 575 cars.

Work on the apron, two aerobridges, levelling of earth for car park on the Parvathy Puthanar side and AC plant has begun, General Manager, Air Ports Authority of India (AAI), Projects, V.K. Malhotra said.

Fully funded by the AAI, Chennai-based Consolidated Construction Consortium is constructing the terminal complex having a floor area of 23,299 sq.m. The maximum height of the terminal building will be 19 m.

All facilities as in a world-class airports such as escalators (two) and elevators (five) would be provided. The complex would have 18 check-in counters, 20 immigration counters, 11 customs counters, two security gates, two baggage claim belts, a bus lounge and a Rs.5-crore sewerage system.

Four parking bays would be set up in the first phase at a cost of Rs.14.5 crore. The four bays would be linked to the 3,398 metre-long runway. “We are trying to take up the work from March after securing NOTAM (Notice To Airmen) as it will involve rescheduling of flights,” according to AGM (Civil), AAI, S. Aboobacker.

The buildings housing the hangar of the NCC and the Rajiv Gandhi Aviation Academy will have to be demolished as it is a hindrance to the shoulders of the apron. Airport Director Nagraj said 15 acres of land on Karali side for expansion of car park and 0.8 acres on the Chaka side was needed for the first phase of the project.

Mr. Nagraj said KITCO had already invited tenders for the work for the approach road from near Bharat Tyres on the Chaka-Enchakkal stretch of the NH 47 bypass. The 170 m-long and 30 m-wide road will facilitate six-lane traffic to the complex. A 7-metre bridge above the High Flood level of the canal would be constructed across the canal to connect the approach road.

Two ramps will be constructed for smooth flow of traffic to the car park.

Meanwhile, pre-qualification tenders have been invited for the Rs.80.58-crore second phase of the project being taken up along with this. An additional 8,000 sq.m. of floor area will be added with the extension of the terminal building by 27 metres on Karali side and 40 metres on Chaka side, Mr. Nagraj added.