Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Chennai airport to be revamped in 26 months, contract awarded

Chennai airport to be revamped in 26 months, contract awarded

CHENNAI: The city’s dream of getting a world-class airport just got a little bit closer to realisation. Chennai-based Consolidated Construction Conso
rtium Ltd (CCCL), which has bagged the contract for the Rs 1,212-crore airport expansion, is expected to start work in a month. The work, to be carried out in technical collaboration with Canadian infrastructure company Herve Pomerleau International, is expected to be completed in 26 months.

Once the project is completed in 2011, the new-look airport will have the departure lounge on the first floor and the one for arrivals on the ground floor. The building will have interiors that allow natural lighting, an in-campus flyover that will take passengers all the way to the first-floor departure area and a multi-level car parking. This apart from restaurants and recreational areas for passengers.

“We are waiting for the letter of award of the contract from the Airports Authority of India. It is expected to come in a couple of days, after which we have a 30-day waiting time to start work,” CCCL chairman R Sarabeswar told a news conference.

The expansion and modernisation works include development of the Kamaraj domestic terminal phase II, expansion of the existing Anna International terminal and renovation of the existing terminal to bring about uniformity in design. The passenger handling capacity of the airport will also go up from the existing four million to 16 million a year.

CCCL has also bagged the contract for building a Rs 68-crore cargo complex. “The project will be funded using the mobilisation contract AAI will be extending to us, and the rest will come from tie-ups with banks,” he added. CCCL was the lowest bidder from among L&T, Soma Enterprises, Nagarjuna Constructions and Punj Lloyd.

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