Pune: With the Airports Authority of India (AAI) gearing up to start the construction of an integrated terminal as part of expansion of the Pune international airport at Lohegaon, a public hearing on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the project will be held at the airport on Wednesday.
The EIA will be kept at 12 government offices for the general public to view or review.
“The Public Hearing Panel will discuss and submit a report on the EIA on construction of new integrated terminal building, reconstruction of old terminal building, modification of existing expanded terminal building, associated city side facilities, expansion of apron and link taxiway track, multi-level car park and cargo terminal at the Pune Civil Enclave (Pune Airport) proposed by the AAI at the Pune airport,” said Ajay Kumar, Director of Pune Airport.
In an environment impact assessment study, the AAI detailed the measures it will take to ensure minimum impact on the environment while the new terminal is being built. The steps have been detailed to cut down dust and noise during the process of construction to prevent interference in flight and terminal operations.
A senior official of the AAI said these steps were important because work was being carried out in an operational airport, that too, at a spot between two functioning terminals. Based on an impact assessment study, the AAI has said the construction is going to have a temporary impact on the air quality.
Last year, the AAI appointed France-based company Egis as consultant for the new terminal building project.
The objective of this project is to deliver a world-class passenger terminal building. The new terminal building area to be constructed is (35,000+7,000) 42,000 sq m and will be centrally air-conditioned. The designed peak hour traffic will be 600 international passengers and 1,700 domestic passengers for an integrated passenger terminal building area of 57,300 sq m.
There is a plan and design for a multilevel car park with all amenities for at least 1,000 cars with additional future provision for 500 cars, surface parking for VIP cars and 10 buses and separate car/ scooter park area for AAI and airlines staff.