The Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Shri G.M. Siddeswara informed the Lok Sabha today that the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has further plans to construct new Terminal Buildings at Port Blair, Hubli, Belgaum and Agartala.
The existing airport terminal building was renovated in 2010 has been upgraded at a cost of Rs 3.57 crore. The upgrades include an air-conditioned security zone, three check-in counters with feeder conveyor belts, a spacious arrival hall with conveyors, a VIP room, space for four airline offices, surveillance CCTV cameras, security control room and parking facility for 50 cars.
he work on the expansion of the runway would be completed by February 2015 latest. After this expansion is complete a Boeing plane could land in Belgaum as well sources said.
What will be in the upgraded Belgaum Airport:
The existing airport area is 360.34 acres and got an additional area of about 370 acres for its expansion. Hence, the total project area will be 730.34 acres. At present Belgaum airport have one runway oriented 08/26, 1,830m in length, apron of 6,916m2 terminal building of 1200m2 and can handle 90 passengers. At present Belgaum is an operational airport for ATR-72 and operates one flight per day.
After expansion it has been proposed to operate four daily flights of A-321.
Expansion includes all the facilities for safe operation of the aircraft like expansion of existing runway, new terminal building to cater 200 passengers at a time, expansion of apron, air traffic controller, runway end safety area (RESA) etc..
Other miscellaneous facilities will include New ATC tower cum Technical Block, Fire station (category VII), relocation of DVOR, security watch tower new substation, AC plant room, provision of hooter system at access points and provision of explosive detection system.
Source: Expert Appraisal Committee for Projects related to Infrastructure Development