Modi to lay Foundation Stone of new LGBI Airport Terminal
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to lay the foundation stone for the new integrated terminal worth Rs 912 crores for the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport on February 3.
“As per the Central Aviation Ministry, the Prime Minister was confirmed to be laying the foundation stone during his visit to Assam this February. The Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone for construction of a storage unit for the airport,” the North East Regional office of the General Manager (Engineering) of Airport Authority of India (AAI) located at Borjhar here told G Plus.
Prime Minister Modi is visiting Assam to attend the Global Investor’s Summit to be held here on February 3 and 4.
According to the GM’s office, the project is expected to be completed by 2020.
The AAI has made the draft of the DPR (detailed project report) (See figure) according to which, the terminal will spread across 77,500 sq mtrs of land near SOS village and shall be able to handle traffic of 2,900 domestic and 200 international passengers at a time.
“The proposed new integrated terminal building at the existing LGBI Airport has become necessary because the existing terminal building has saturated. The new terminal building will be built as per the four-star standards of GRIHA rating,” the GM’s office said. GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) is a national ranking agency for greenhouse and eco-friendly public places.
“The land for the proposed development and integrated terminal building is free from trees. No water body is going to be affected by the proposed Terminal Building at the existing LGBI airport. About 3,100 kgs of solid waste will be generated daily by the airport, which, after separating the recyclable wastes, will be dumped at the Boragaon dumping ground,” the DPR proposed.
Waste disposal becomes an issue as the airport is located only 3 kilometres away from the Ramsar site, Deepor Beel.
According to the draft DPR, an additional area of 12,500 sq mtrs has been kept for retail/commercial outlets.
Besides, there will also be a multilevel car parking with all amenities for at least 1,500 cars, surface parking for VIP cars and 10 buses and separate car/scooter parking area for AAI and airlines’ staff. A four‐lane vehicular road has also been proposed from the terminal building/car parking with canopy covering two lanes in front of the terminal building connecting the main approach road to the city.
Out of the sprawling 1,275 acres of land of the LGBI Airport in Borjhar, located about 26 kms from Guwahati, the current airport terminal is built over 2,03,050 sq ft and is capable of holding 2,000 domestic passengers and 125 international passengers per day. The airport takes a load of about 5,000 passengers daily and handles about 64 domestic flights every day.