Kerala readies land for Phase II of Thiruvananthapuram intl airport

Written by Economy Bureau | Thiruvananthapuram, Jul 30 | Updated: Jul 31 2008, 06:53am hrs
Kerala Cabinet has cleared Rs 45 crore to facilitate land for Phase II of the the second terminal of Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. Work on Airports Authority of India (AAI's) Rs 246-crore modernisation at the airport in the state capital had been lagging for lack of a crucial piece of land availability.

"This will be readied at the earliest," Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan said, after a meeting of the state cabinet.

AAI has scheduled the work on second phase of the terminal to start by September 2007. So far, Kerala government had handed over only 11.15 hectares out of the total 48.56 hectares of land available for the second phase, AAI sources told FE.

The annual handling capacity of the new terminal would be 13.2 lakh when the terminal complex was completed by 2010. The parking lot is to contain 575 cars.

Chennai-based Consolidated Construction Consortium had undertaken the work on the Phase I. Civil work on the three-storeyed terminal, with 23,299 sq m floor area, is on. The three-company consortium is thrashing out a tubular structure design of elliptical geometry using heat-reflecting toughened glass.

The Rs 80-crore second phase includes construction of four parking bays and extension of the terminal building on both side. It was for this portion that acquired land was lacking.