RANCHI: Airport authorities have decided to throw open the new integrated terminal building at Birsa Munda Airport here for the people.
It will come as a festive gift for the fliers from Jharkhand who have so far been flying through the old terminal where portions of the false ceiling have come off many times in the past.
The new terminal building, a project of Rs 138 crore spread over 19,676 sqm of land, has been furnished with equipment imported from China, Germany and Singapore.
According to officials of the Airports Authority of India (AAI), the airport has the strength to handle 500 domestic and 200 international passengers at a time.
Ranchi airport director RR Kumar said, "The stage is set for inauguration. Now the dates are being finalized."
AAI has decided to get the airport inaugurated just after Diwali.
Chief minister Arjun Munda and Union civil aviation minister Ajit Singh will be invited to inaugurate the terminal. The approach road issue of the airport will be solved before December as well. Ranchi deputy commissioner, AAI officials and Army official will sit for a meeting on Saturday to solve the issue.
If the road issue is not solved in time, AAI authorities will open an internal link road to the new airport.
The terminal building was to be opened in June but the non-construction of an approach road to the airport delayed the inauguration.
General manager (project) VVG Raju said, "The approach road issue will also be solved soon. Ranchi deputy commissioner is holding a meeting with army and AAI officials on Saturday for the purpose."
The new terminal building needs to be connected to the city for which 1 km approach road has to be constructed.
Construction works had begun 18 months ago, but it is yet to be completed as a unit of the Indian Army, situated nearby, had objected to it claiming that the land belonged to them.
An additional secretary of the defence ministry is likely to visit the site to give clearance for the construction of the approach road soon.
Ranchi DC Vinay Kumar Choubey said, "The high court has intervened into the matter and asked us to get the approach road constructed. Saturday's meeting will be useful for it."
Even if the district administration is not able to make any headway in the approach road issue, the AAI has decided to go ahead with making the new terminal building functional.
"An internal approach way, though temporary, will be provided to the new terminal building and thus it would be made functional," said GM Raju. He, however, did not specify the date for the development.
The new terminal building is advanced in many terms.
A 1200-tonne airconditioning system has been installed in the terminal which has two passenger boarding bridges, five escalators, six elevators, a larger baggage conveyer system brought from Singapore and a 750 KVA generator.
Along with four buses, 216 cars can be parked at the parking space of the new terminal building. The authorities have installed 50 CCTV cameras for the purpose of security.