Dhaka Airport’s third world-class terminal will be visible by December: CAAB
Braving the pandemic, construction work on the third terminal at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport is proceeding at full speed, with officials saying parts of the long-awaited building will be visible by December of this year.
The Bangladesh Civil Aviation Authority has said 22% of construction work has already been completed and is expected to gain momentum now that Covid-19 infections are on the decline.
CAAB Chairman Air Vice Marshal Mafidur Rahman told UNB that construction of the 3rd terminal would be completed on time.
“The progress of the work is very satisfactory,” he said.
“The construction work is progressing faster than expected. The project will be visible from the outside in December of this year, ”he said.
State Minister of Civil Aviation and Tourism Mahbub Ali told UNB that the terminal, designed by famous architect Rohani Baharin, will match the most modern airports in the world.
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Rohani is famous for his works with Changi International Airport Terminal 3, Wuhan Tianhe Terminal 2, Guanghzhou Baiyun New International Airport, Ahmedabad International Airport, Islamabad New International Airport, Can Tho and Phu Quoc international airports.
The minister of state said construction is proceeding faster than the draft plan, giving them hope that it can be inaugurated before the scheduled time, which is 2023.
He said that even during the Covid onslaught, construction work hasn’t stopped for a single day and around 4,000 domestic and international workers are working on the project maintaining all of Covid’s safety protocols.
When completed, the world-class terminal will be able to serve double the number of passengers that Dhaka airport currently handles, the minister hoped.
Once the project is implemented, the country’s main airport will be able to provide service to more than two crores of passengers each year, CAAB said.
In addition, it will be connected to the adjacent Ashkona Hajj camp by a tunnel, facilitating the direct transfer of pilgrims from the camp to the airport.
He further informed that the metro will be connected to this terminal.
“The terminal will be fully automated. A foreigner can realize the beauty of Bangladesh by setting foot in this beautiful airport, ”he added.
Construction work on the terminal was inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on December 29, 2019.
According to project sources, the terminal is built on a land area of 5.42,000 square meters and will have an area of 2,300,000 square meters, 115 check-in counters, 64 departure and 64 arrival immigration offices.
In addition, the parking space can accommodate 1,230 vehicles at a time and there will be an apron of 5,42,000 square meters for 37 aircraft. In addition, there will be 26 baggage scanners, 11 body scanners, 12 boarding bridges and 16 baggage belts.
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The terminal will have an area of 230,000 square meters. It will have the touches of state-of-the-art architecture and house all modern facilities inside.
The executive committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved the project on October 24, 2017.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is financing the construction works. Simuji from Japan and Samsung from Korea are jointly implementing the project called Aviation Dhaka Consortium (ADC).