2 years on, work begins on Chandigarh International Airport in Mohali

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Two years after a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed, first phase of construction of the Chandigarh International Airport, Mohali, began on Wednesday.

The MoU was signed between the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Haryana government on January 4, 2008.

The AAI on Wednesday started construction work. The first phase has a budget of Rs 3 crore and deadline of "six to eight months".

"Major work will include constructing a boundary wall around the entire area," Chandigarh Airport Director Suneel Dutt told Newsline. In September 2008, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) had handed over 305 acres 7 kanals 17 marlas of land to the AAI for the purpose.

An AAI official said once phase I of the project is complete, the remaining work would be carried out.

According to the joint venture company (JVC) agreement, the AAI would develop the international terminal for full-fledged operations within two years from the date the land was handed over to it.

The upcoming airport will be integrated with the existing Chandigarh airport. At present, infrastructure at the existing Chandigarh airport is being upgraded — an integrated passenger terminal is being constructed with work on the domestic terminal.

The AAI will construct the civil air terminal complex in Mohali with state-of-the-art facilities like aerobridges, escalators and a cargo complex. The AAl will bear all capital expenditure on development of the terminal.

An apron will be constructed along with adequate number of taxi tracks connecting the runway to the apron.

The AAI will coordinate with Indian Air Force to construct parallel taxi tracks in order to minimise runway occupancy time. Based on the demand, the runways will be extended in the future.

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