Monday, January 30, 2006

Airport terminal expansion may take some more time

Airport terminal expansion may take some more time

Bangalore : There is more bad news for air commuters and those accompanying them to the Bangalore Airport as the terminal expansion work is likely to carry on for couple of months more.

The expansion work aimed to solve the space constraints being felt at the terminal and baggage handling areas, was expected to be completed by January end but has now been delayed by two months to add to the prevailing chaos and confusion at the airport.

With construction work in full swing at the International and Domestic terminals, the exit points at the two arrivals have remained inaccessible forcing those waiting to receive the passengers to spill on to the road while obstructing the traffic flow . The temporary sheet walls which have been put up to cut off the construction area has been a causing further inconvenience to those visiting the airport.

Inside the terminal, it is another messy affair . With a number of new domestic and international airlines starting operations from Bangalore, the number of check-in and airticket counters have also been increased making the terminal a much crowded place with an inadequate seating arrangements.

V ehicles are being parked in no parking zones and other open spaces with the parking lot proving inadequate for the vehicle inflow .

The Bangalore Airport which is the third busiest airport in the country handles around 50 lakh passengers annually . With such inadequate infrastructure and delay in construction work there are serious security concerns.

The Airport Authority of India (AAI) on its part has said that the construction work will be completed by March end, " the expansion of terminals will help us accommodate an additional 8 lakh passengers, such congestion is expected to arise when construction activity is going on," a senior airport official said.


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