P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister for Civil Aviation, and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal recently laid the foundation stone for the new integrated terminal building of Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) airport. The new terminus will be spread over 90,000 square metres and will be equipped with world- class passenger facilities that will have be able to handle upto 3,100 passengers during peak hours.
The project will confirm to the GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) standards and will be developed at the cost of Rs 1,232 crore. In its design proposal, the project is shown to consist of 64 check-in counters, 20 self check-in kiosks, eight immigration counters, eight customs counters, six arrival carousels, ten escalators, a travellator, 25 elevators, 16 self-baggage drop counters and 20 aircraft park- ing bays, among others. Landscaped green areas, within and outside – connecting passengers to the rich ethos and culture of the northeastern region was also part of the design.
Transportation and connectivity are the two most important means for economic prosperity, said Sonowal, speaking on occasion. He exuded confidence that the project would be instrumental in realising the growth potential of Assam and forging better economic ties with the Southeast Asian nations. The CM also requested the Union Minister to take appropriate measures to transform the LGBI airport into an ‘all weather friendly airport’ so that flights would not face any hassles in accessing the airport throughout the year.
Raju in his address lauded the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for the initiative and said that during the last three years, India’s civil aviation sector recorded the fastest growth, both internationally and domestically. 91 airports in India now have commercial flight connectivity, pushing India to the 3rd highest in terms of domestic traffic.