Jabalpur Airport: Terminal equipped with world-class facilities; The upgrade must be completed by December
Jabalpur Airport in Madhya Pradesh is being upgraded to provide better services to air passengers in the region. The airport modernization works include the construction of a new terminal, an ATC tower, a category VII fire station, a technical block, other buildings as well as the extension of the runway and other associated works to cater for AB-320 type aircraft operations, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The state government of Madhya Pradesh handed over 483 acres of land to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for the development works in the year 2015, the total land measuring 774 acres.
The new terminal at Jabalpur Airport is equipped with world-class passenger facilities. It will have the capacity to handle 500 flyers at peak times. The terminal building, spread over an area of 1,15,315 square feet, will have three air bridges, an advanced baggage screening system, a modern food court in the landscaped area and well-planned parking for more than 300 cars and buses. The proposed terminal at Jabalpur Airport will welcome flyers with glimpses of vibrant Gond paintings, local handicrafts, murals as well as well-known tourist destinations in Madhya Pradesh.
The new terminal will be built with sustainable and environmentally friendly materials and will be equipped with a solar power plant and energy-efficient equipment. Some of the other green features of the Jabalpur airport modernization project are efficient solid waste management system, rainwater harvesting system with sustainable urban drainage system as well as reuse of treated water at horticultural purposes.
Apart from the construction of the new terminal, the modernization works of the airport with a project cost of Rs 412 crores include the extension of the runway to make the airport suitable for operating Airbus 320 type aircraft, the development of a new 28 meter high ATC tower as well as a technical block (G+3) with all modern facilities, fire station (Category VII) and other ancillary buildings such as gatehouse, utility block, etc. For the completion of the project, the tentative date is December 2022 and the new terminal is expected to be commissioned by March 2023.