The new terminal building will be ready before Durga Puja in September this year Credit: EastMojo image

Agartala: The under-construction new terminal building of Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport (MBB) in Agartala will be commissioned by the end of September, ahead of Durga puja, said Airports Authority of India (AAI) regional director (NE) Sanjeev Jindal.

After inspecting the ongoing construction work of the new terminal building and participating in a International Women’s Day celebration, Jindal said that all the latest technologies are being installed at the new terminal building. As such, the commissioning date, earlier fixed for April, will be delayed, he said.

The land for the MBB Airport was donated by then Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Bahadur. In 2018, the airport was named after him.

“A total of Rs 500 cr would be spent in building this terminal building and the new infrastructure is capable of handling 4 to 5 times more passengers than the existing terminal. We are going to install the latest technological inputs,” Jindal said.

He also said that the entire structure stands on 25,000 sq m and would house six bays, one hangar, 20 check-in counters, five custom counters, 10 immigration counters, apron for six aircraft parking bays, provisions for link cabs, inline baggage system, a solar power unit capable of handling most power requirements of the installation and a self-sustainable sewage treatment plant.

“To give the premises a better look, a miniature sculpture of Unakoti’s Tripurasundari Temple would also be set up to attract tourists. The new terminal building will have a full-body scanner machine installed, that would be the first of its kind to be installed in any airport across India,” Jindal added.

Jindal also said that apart from that, a 2-MW solar-powered plant with all the environment-friendly features like water recycling and harvesting will be set up.

“The cargo facility at the airport will be a game-changer for farmers at Agartala as the new airport will be exporting perishable items and airlifting the agri products. The scope is bigger and very optimistic for the airlines as it will have maintenance, repair, operation shed for the airlines at the airport,” Jindal added.

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