Decoding the hype around Port Blair Airport’s integrated terminal building.
Noting that enhancing connectivity infrastructure has been a major focus of the government, the Prime Minister’s Office said the new facility will play a key role in enhancing connectivity to the island, a union territory.
- With a total built-up area of around 40,800 sqm, the building will be capable of handling about 50 lakh passengers annually.
- The new facility is built at a cost of around Rs 710 crores.
- An apron suitable for two Boeing-767-400 and two Airbus-321 type aircraft has also been constructed at the airport at a cost of Rs 80 crore, making it suitable for parking 10 aircraft at a time.
- The architectural design of the airport terminal resembles a shell-shaped structure, depicting the sea and islands.
- The new airport terminal building has a number of sustainability features such as a double-insulated roofing system (to reduce heat gain), skylights (to provide maximum inlet of sunlight during the day to reduce artificial light usage), LED lighting and low heat gain glazing.
- It is designed in such a way as to decrease the negative impact on the islands’ environment. Rainwater catchment in an underground water tank is also equipped.
- An on-site sewage treatment plant with 100 per cent of treated wastewater reused for landscaping and a 500 KW capacity solar power plant are some other features of the terminal building.
- It will thus play a key role in enhancing connectivity to the Union Territory.
Major boost for Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The spacious new integrated terminal building will boost air traffic and help enhance tourism in the region, the PMO said, adding it will also help create enhanced employment opportunities for the local community and give a fillip to the economy of the region.