The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Wednesday approved upgradation and expansion of airport infrastructure at Lucknow, Chennai and Guwahati airport at a total cost of more than Rs 5,000 crore. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad informed media during cabinet briefing in the national capital. Union commerce and industry minister, Suresh Prabhu, took to the micro-blogging site and said, “The Cabinet has today approved three major infrastructure projects – new terminal buildings at Guwahati, Chennai and Lucknow airports. It will go a long way in ensuring even superior air travel experience for our people. Sharing a message from South Africa.”
“Chennai Airport long needed a significant capacity addition. The new terminal building approved today will have a capacity of 35 million passengers per annum, and take care of growth requirements till 2027. It will be built at a cost of Rs 2467 cr,” said Prabhu in series of tweets. In another tweet, he said, “The new terminal building at Guwahati, our gateway to NE India and SE Asia will have a capacity of 9 million passengers per annum and be built at a cost of Rs 1383 Cr. It will give a major thrust to our ‘Act East’ policy and to tourism in NE India.”
“The new terminal building at Lucknow will have an annual capacity of 13.6 million passengers and will cater to the passenger growth requirements up to 2030-31. It will be built at a cost of Rs 1232 Cr. and will be a major force multiplier towards UP’s growth,” he added. Reportedly, 18 to 20 percent rise has been witnessed in the last 3 years. According to IATA Traffic Study, India stands at 7th position and by 2023-24 it will overtake the UK, Japan, and Germany. And to meet the growing demand, the government has launched a new initiative of NABH Nirman (NextGen Airports for Bharat). Under this scheme systems and processes are geared to provide enhanced airport capacity to handle 1 billion trips in the next 10 to 15 years.
Airports Authority of India (AAI) is planning the development of infrastructure to meet growing aviation demand in cities like, Chennai, Guwahati, Lucknow, Agartala, Patna, Srinagar, Pune, Trichy, Vijayawada, Port Blair, Jaipur, Mangalore, Dehradun, Jabalpur, Kolhapur, Goa, Rupsi, Leh, Calicut, Imphal, Varanasi and Bhubaneswar.