Kolkata, Chennai airports to get a modern look
A Business Correspondent
The Union ministry of civil aviation has stated that a
decision on the modernisation of Kolkata and Chennai airports will be taken in
the next two months. The Airports Authority of India is expected to take up
construction of the Kolkata airport as soon as the West Bengal government hands
over the project.
The modernisation of Kolkata airport is expected to cost about Rs 2,000 crore.
Out of this amount, 40 per cent is expected to be taken up in the 11th Plan and
the remaining in the 12th Plan. AAI is expected to implement the entire project
out if its internal accruals, though it may resort to market borrowings as well.
For the Chennai airport, the ministry is still awaiting a final decision on land
acquisition issue for the construction of the second runway instead of a green
A public-private partnership cell will be set up in the ministry to help in the
development of non-aeronautical business of non-metro airports. The ministry
will undertake the development/construction/improvement of airports and civil
enclaves in the north-eastern region as per an MoU signed between AAI and the
North-East Council. According to the MoU, the NEC reimburses 60 per cent of the
cost of the project and the remaining 40 per cent is funded by the Centre in
equal ratio of loan (20 per cent) and grant (20 per cent).
The major projects likely to be taken up during the 11th Plan include expansion
and strengthening of apron at Agartala, construction of new terminal building at
Barapani, Shillong, extension of runway, construction of terminal building and
new apron at Dibrugarh, construction of international terminal building
additional parking stand, strengthening and extension of runway and construction
of new control tower-cum- technical block at Guwahati, expansion of apron and
additional link taxiway at Imphal, construction of new airport at Itanagar,
Pakyong and Kohima, construction of new terminal building at Jorhat,
operationalisation of airport for ATR-72 operation at Passighat and modification
of terminal building at Silchar.
[12 March 2007]