Work begins on new terminals at Mumbai, Indore, Bhopal, Raipur and Ranchi airports
Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at Sahar will soon have a new integrated passenger terminal.
The ground-breaking ceremony for the new building was performed in the presence of Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel and Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, among others, in Mumbai today.
Also today, the foundation stone laying ceremonies were held for new integrated terminals at the Indore, Bhopal, Raipur and Ranchi airports.
Speaking to mediapersons at the Mumbai airport, Mr Patel said the government was ready to consider any proposal for the revival of the aviation sector but ruled out direct financial assistance.
He said he was ready to consider any policy or administrative proposal to provide stimulus to the sector, thus ruling out establishment of a stabilisation fund as sought by some Indian carriers.
Mr Patel said the aviation sector had suffered, first, due to high fuel prices followed by the current economic slowdown. He said the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai had also affected international traffic. He however said that the government had already taken a number of steps, including reduction of duty on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) and price revision of ATF every 15 days.
Responding to charges of cartelisation by airlines, Mr Patel said the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) was already looking into the matter. He, however, said that in a free market economy, the airlines were free to fix their fares if the market could absorb higher prices. But the Minister said that he expected the airlines to reduce the fares proportionate to the reduction in prices of the ATF.
About the proposal to permit 25 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) by international airlines in the Indian civil aviation sector, Mr Patel said the government was still considering it. He expressed optimism about passage of the proposal, but, refused to give any timeline, saying there is a need to build a consensus at many levels.
The new terminal building at the Mumbai airport, when completed, will cater to both domestic and international passengers.
It will have a total floor area of approximately 4.3 million sq.mtrs spread across four levels and have the capacity to handle 40 million domestic and international passengers per year.
The new terminal will have 184 check-in counters, 14 baggage claim belts and 52 contact positions with passenger boarding bridges. About 7 lakh square feet will be reserved for retail shops, food and beverages outlets, lounges and other travel services.
The Mumbai airport, with a traffic of 25.8 million passengers per annum, is India’s busiest airport. Located within the city, its modernisation and upgradation is considered a challenge because of land constraints. The project has been entrusted to Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), a joint venture between Aiports Authority of India and GVK-SA.
The new terminal at the Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport in Indore, with an area of 18051 sq.m. will be a glass and steel structure having facilities such as central heating system, central air conditioning, inline x-ray baggage inspection system integrated with the baggage conveyor system, inclined arrival baggage claim carousels, escalators, public address system, Flight Information Display System (FIDS), and CCTV for surveillance.
It will have peak hour passenger handling capacity of 700 passengers. The existing building is currently handling 5.48 lak passengers per annum.
The new terminal at the Raja Bhoj Airport in Bhopal, with an area of 26936 sq.m. and similar facilities, will have a peak hour passenger handling capacity of 700.
The new terminal at Raipur will have an area of 18520 sq.m. and will have a peakhour passenger handling capacity of 400. The capacity at the new terminal at the Birsa Munda airport in Ranchi will be 700 passengers in peak hours.