Allahabad, now known as Prayagraj, is all set to get India’s fastest-built airport terminal building.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI), while aiming to complete the terminal in a record time of 11 months, has also expanded its plans for the airport by deciding to construct more aircraft parking bays than earlier planned.
The airport terminal is being built in this record time because Kumbh Mela will start from January 15 and will end on March 4, 2019. The state of Uttar Pradesh is expecting lakhs of devotees to visit the holy city that time.
In case you didn’t know, Prayagraj Airport is, in fact, an Indian Air Force Station with a civil terminal the size of a bungalow. The two rooms of that bungalow serve as the arrival and departure hall.
According to AAI Chairman, Mr Guruprasad Mohapatra, AAI is building a new terminal and more aircraft parking bays than originally planned since there is a huge demand for connecting Prayagraj city to other parts of the nation.
Unlike earlier, when just one parking bay was planned to allow one plane to be parked at a time, now AAI is coming up with three to four more parking bays, he added.
The initial estimated cost to build the terminal was around Rs 126 crore. However, the amount has now gone up by Rs 40 crore.
Since the city in Uttar Pradesh has a bench of the High Court, it is an important center for learning as well as a major pilgrimage. Hence, the demand for improved air connectivity has been increasing now.