Guwahati: In a major boost to the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) airport in Guwahati, that is currently undergoing renovation, will soon be able to host 10 million passengers annually. The project undertaken by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for the construction of a new integrated terminal building would cost Rs 1,232 crore.
With more than 38% of the project work completed, the new terminal building is scheduled to be ready by June 2022. It is hoped that with the new makeover, the Guwahati Airport will enhance its connectivity with the south-east Asian region and will attract more passengers in the coming years, mentioned Corporate Communications Directorate in its statement to the press.
The airport at Guwahati, also known as the Guwahati international airport, is the biggest and busiest international airport of north-eastern India and the new terminal is being built keeping in mind the infrastructural requirements of an expanding city, added Corporate Communications Directorate in its communique
The LGBI airport at its current capacity can receive over six million passengers annually. With the new terminal building coming up, the airport will be able to handle 4300 domestic and 200 international passengers during peak hours. New additions will include 64 check-in counters, 20 self-check in kiosk, six Baggage carousels, in-line baggage security screening system and 10 aero bridges, the terminal will also be self-sufficient in energy.
The total built up area of the terminal will be 1,02,500 sqm, and will have two levels with arrival at the lower/apron level and departure at the upper level. Along with these two primary floors, there will be two more floors; a mezzanine between the two levels, part of which will serve as the air-side arrival corridor for passengers alighting from the boarding bridges. The other part of this mezzanine acts as a service floor for the baggage handling system used for outbound baggage.
The new terminal building will also be seen incorporating different art styles with a central theme focusing on Icarus, a Greek mythological figure, considered as one of the earliest inspirations of human flight.
And the roof is being designed using the ancient Japanese art of Origami, “The design is an ode to human endeavor, crafts and innovation. The façade of the terminal will reflect the same language of origami in certain parts owing to the need of solid wall surfaces,” stated a press release.
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