The new terminal building of the in Lohegaon Pune likely to be ready and integrated with the existing facility by the end of 2020. The construction of the new terminal and its integration with the existing building in Lohegaon was supposed to be completed by early 2021 at a cost of Rs 408 crore. Once this project is complete, the airport operation authorities can tide over the problem of over-crowding at the existing airport.
During a recent meeting, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) said the new building should be completed at least two-three months before the expected completion date. Currently, the airport is witnessing over-crowding due to increased flights and footfall on daily basis. Hence, the completion of the new building before the deadline is important. The work is progressing on in full swing.
The tender for the building construction was awarded to Mumbai-based ITD Cementation in September last year with a 30-month deadline ending March 2021. But after the recent directive, the building is expected to be ready by December 2020. France based company, Aegis India, has been appointed the consultant for the project. The sources said crowd management at the airport was becoming a major challenge for the authorities with the number of flights and passengers soaring. The Pune airport has started recording an increase in domestic flight movements after a major dip, mainly due to Jet Airways suspending its operations. From May 30, the city got its first direct connection with Bhopal with the national carrier, Air India, starting flight services between the two cities. This comes less than a month after the authorities had announced five new flights, including two direct connections to Bengaluru, Delhi, Jaipur and Ahmedabad.
In January this year, the airport authorities had decided to shift the cargo complex located next to the construction site to the barrack store office yard. It’s an empty plot belonging to the Indian Air Force and is located towards the airside of the airport’s administrative building.