Bhubaneswar: Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) is all set to undergo a major makeover for making availability of all sorts of facilities to passengers here.
As part of makeover plan, two terminals will be merged for modernisation introducing new systems that are found in other international airports.
The Bhubaneswar airport authority is planning for the infrastructure development at expenses of around Rs 40 crore.
The move came in view of the complaints by the passengers regarding the qualities and standard of services made available in Terminal 1 (T-1) as compared to Terminal 2 (T-2) at the international airport in the state capital.
Many a time the passengers complain about the low standard toilet, hospitality, checking system and lounge.
Out of total investment of Rs 40 crore for complete makeover of airport, Rs 8 crore will be spent for modernisation work of Terminal 2.
A Ludhiana based firm Khosla Associates has been assigned to prepare a request for proposal (RFP) for makeover and modernisation of the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) in Bhubaneswar. A map has been prepared. We will invite tenders after RFP. The airport will get a new face in two years, said BPIA Joint General Manager (civil) Loknath Padhi.
A two-storey building will be constructed in 200 metre connecting two terminals. The international flight passengers will exit from the airport through the new building.
Currently, there is aero bridge in Terminal 2. The passengers can have aero bridge service after the construction of new building between two terminals. The infrastructure will be developed to operate two flights simultaneously and provide services to passengers in the proposed two-storey building.
Besides, there is proposal for two conveyor belts, escalator and lift facilities in the terminals.
However, the passengers will check in through the old terminal, which will also be modernised having the facilities like modern toilet, luxury couches, VIP rooms and nursing room.
With merger of two terminals, the T-2 passengers can easily enter T-1. The passengers on board to other destinations via Bhubaneswar, will not have to come outside, rather they can change the terminal inside the airport, said BPIA Director Suresh Chandra Hota.
After completion of modernisation work of T-2, as many as 500 passengers can enter and exit at a time. Besides, emphasis will be laid on improving the quality of services in T-1. Two more aero bridges will be installed to provide services to more flights. Subsequently, one of the aero bridges can be used by the international passengers, Hota added.