New ATC and cargo complex at Patna Airport to be operational by July

The newly built air traffic control (ATC) tower with technical building, fire station and cargo
The complex at Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport is expected to start operations in July this year.

According to an airport official, the 25-meter high ATC tower, equipped with advanced technology and equipment, will give another boost to air travel automation with advanced air traffic management, communications and flight surveillance systems. and ease the flow of traffic. It is almost 8m taller than the existing ATC tower. The new tower will allow air traffic controllers to have a 360-degree view of the airport and its surroundings from the new structure.

KS Vijayan, General Manager (Engineering), Projects, AAI-Patna, said the cargo building, fire station and engineering block are complete, while finishing touches are being put on the ATC tower, which will be ready by the end of May. “Goggles will be installed in the ATC tower and the perimeter wall will also be built.

Once this work is complete, we will seek approval from the General Directorate of Civil Aviation to put the new facilities into operation. It will take a month for approval to be granted. We hope that all three buildings will be operational by July,” he said.

Vijayan added that the new tower would give air traffic controllers a better view of the runway to handle the growing demand for air travel. “The state-of-the-art fire station will have a training room, equipment, gym and other facilities. “The existing fire station is very small,” Vijayan said.

The three-story cargo building is equipped with cold room, refrigerated truck, scale, X-ray machines, door frame metal detectors, scissor lift, pallets, trolleys and high security equipment. According to the airport administration, at least 10,000 tons of freight are to be handled there every year.

The cargo building has a large warehouse on the ground floor, which is divided into two areas (arrival and departure). Incoming and outgoing cargo are kept separately. Customs clearance is also accommodated in the building.

The three new facilities cover an area of ​​6.35 hectares of land and the estimated cost of the project is Rs. 27 billion.

Once the new facilities become operational, officials said the old air traffic control center and fire station will be demolished to make way for the construction of the air bridges.

The new facilities are part of Patna Airport’s redevelopment project, which will include the construction of a new terminal building and other support structures.

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