The new terminal will come up with a cost of Rs 1,232 Crores. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Union Minister for Civil Aviation P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju laid foundation stone for the project.
The terminal Building spread over 90000 square meter will be equipped with world-class passenger facilities and will have the capacity to handle 3100 passengers during passengers during peak hour. The interiors of the building will depict local handicrafts, murals and popular tourist destinations of Assam. The new terminal building will conform to GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) 4-Star rating.
State government stated, “The city side of the building will be aesthetically landscaped with lush green areas. It will have green areas within and outside connecting passengers to nature. A small internal forest feature, bamboo artefact and a craft village are integrated into the overall design, highlighting the rich ethos and culture of the Northeastern region of India.” The civil aviation minister said, “In last three years of NDA government, the civil aviation sector has recorded fastest growth both internationally and domestically.” He said, “From not even the reckoning, we have become the fastest going aviation in the world and third nation in the world in domestic traffic. Our aviation team works hard at all level.”
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal exuded confidence that the initiative would help in realization of the growth potential of the state and forging better economic ties with the South East Asian nations. “Transportation and connectivity are the two most important means for economic prosperity. Government of Assam accords top priority to improve communication and engages in faster development of road, rail and air linkages besides internet connectivity.”
This story was initially published in Economic Times