New Delhi: A major plan to upgrade the civilian enclave at Chandigarh airport would be implemented soon, with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) proposing to build an international terminal building and an independent access to the airport.
The runway would be extended subject to release of land by Indian Air Force and the Union Territory administration, an official spokesperson said, adding that AAI has sought about 300 acres from the Punjab government to provide independent access from the city side.
An MoU would be signed in Chandigarh tomorrow between AAI and Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) to develop the international terminal complex in the presence of Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel, who would also lay the foundation stone for its construction.
A joint venture company with AAI holding a 51% stake and GMADA retaining 49% would be set up to develop and operate the civil air terminal. GMADA would acquire the required land from Punjab and hand it over to the joint venture firm, she said.
Besides the terminal building to cater to 700 passengers with four boarding bridges, AAI plans to build an apron to park three aircraft and remote stands to house eight wide- bodied planes. It would also construct three link taxiways, a parallel taxi track, a cargo complex and hangars for activities of the Flying Club.