The Ahmedabad International Airport Limited (AIAL) has presented the airport master plan for development of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport in Ahmedabad before the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA). A metro station and metro-link corridor have been proposed to be set up at the airport. The new facilities will allow passengers to directly board a metro train from the SVPI airport to their respective destinations.
The project is most likely to come up adjacent to Terminal II and would cost at least Rs 400 crore.
Process for land acquisition and other regulatory approvals is expected to start soon for the project that is still in the planning and discussion stage between Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC), the airport operator and other stakeholders. The project will be part of Phase II of Ahmedabad Metro and will be operational by 2025.
The Airport Master Plan also includes plans for a completely new tower for the air traffic controller (ATC) at a cost of Rs 183 crore, along with a new cargo terminal and setting up a new integrated terminal. Plans for refurbishment of the existing terminal buildings, runway recarpeting and allied projects, and a multimodal transport hub are also on cards.
“An area of 9,840 square metres is earmarked in the Airports Authority of India (AAI) colony, where the new tower will come up. The ATC tower and technical block will have a built-up area of 13,570 square metres,” states the AIAL.