Punjab Cabinet Minister Harbhajan Singh declared that Ludhiana International Airport, located in Halwara town just 32km from the city, is anticipated to be operational by July. The airport, capable of hosting modern jet aircrafts such as Boeing 737-700 and Airbus A-320, is projected to stimulate the industrial and corporate sectors of Ludhiana in addition to fueling the growth of its real estate sector. Find out what incredible developments are taking place and how it will impact the surrounding area on SURFACES REPORTER (SR):
Ludhiana International Airport is close to Halwara town in Punjab. The building of a new civil terminal is taking place at the venerable Halwara Air Force Station, one of the primary airbases of the Indian Air Force. It is conveniently accessible via Jammu-Delhi Road and Sahnewal Link Road. Ludhiana Airport is set on a 160-plus acre parcel and the projected cost of its construction is Rs 46 crore.
Work on the Ludhiana International Airport, situated at the Indian Air Force's Halwara Air Force Station, is expected to be finished by July 2023, as per Punjab Cabinet Minister Harbhajan Singh. This new airport will join those of Amritsar and Mohali as the third international airport in Punjab. While domestic flights are anticipated to begin soon, international travel could take a further 2-3 years to open up.
Residents of Ludhiana, who currently must travel to Delhi, Amritsar or Chandigarh to catch a flight, can expect to save 3-6 hours of transit time when the project is completed.
Project Timeline and Current Updates
In December 2018, the State government and Airports Authority of India (AAI) reached an agreement about setting up a civil terminal at Halwara Air Force Station. This was followed by the Punjab cabinet giving its approval for the project. In May 2020, Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) proclaimed control of 160 acres located at Halwara in order to begin building the terminal. Subsequently, November 2021 saw AAI accept plans for a new interim terminal building which will cost approximately Rs 46 crore.
The Punjab Public Works Department (B&R) has recently chosen Kabir Infra Pvt Ltd to carry out the remaining work at the Halwara international airport with a cost of Rs 15,37,15,100. Their work will include the construction of internal roads, estate public health services and campus lighting. This amount is 2.7 percent lower than the initial estimated tender price of Rs 15,87,14,658.
Game-changer For the Real Estate Industry
The new civil terminal project is sure to have a big impact on the real estate industry in Ludhiana. Pakhowal, located nine kilometres away, has already observed a spike in property rates and as one of the most influential industrial hubs in Northern India, this development will without doubt bring more commerce to the city.
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