Port Blair, India: Gateway to the pristine islands of Andaman &Nicobar, Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair is soon going to have a new terminal building. Considering the surge in passenger traffic, the Airports Authority of India has undertaken the work for the Construction of a New Integrated Terminal Building at an estimated cost of around Rs.707.73 Crore.
With a total built-up area of 40,837 sqm., the new terminal building will be capable to handle 1200 passengers during peak hours and about 40 lakhs passengers annually. The new passenger terminal building will have three floors comprising lower ground, upper ground and first floor. The lower ground floor will be used as remote arrival, bus lounge and service area, the upper ground floor as access to the terminal building for departure and arrival of the passengers and the first floor as a Security Hold Area (SHA) for international passengers.
Inspired by nature, the design of the terminal is a shell-shaped structure depicting the sea and islands. New Terminal Building is a Large Span (120 Mtr) structural steel framed building provided with aluminium sheet roofing and cable net glazing all around. The entire terminal will also have 100 per cent natural lighting for 12 hours a day which will be achieved by skylights along the roof. The world-class building will be equipped with 28 check-in counters, three passenger boarding bridges and four conveyor belts. The Cityside area of the airport will also be developed with adequate parking facilities for cars, taxis and buses along with the landscaping.
The work for the construction of an additional Apron area is also in progress which will add four additional bays for the parking of the aircraft. More than 80% of the project work is completed and the development project is targeted to be completed by October 2022.
The operationalization of the new terminal building will give a boost to the expansion of the tourism industry and thereby improve the economy of the region. The increased connectivity will not only create new employment opportunities for the local community but also provide access to better educational and medical facilities.