Construction of HSIA's third terminal starts

Construction of HSIA's third terminal starts PM asks all to obey airport security rules

- A Monitor Report01 Jan, 2020 | 500 Views|-+
Dhaka : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has, on December 28, inaugurated the much-awaited BDT 21,300 crore construction work of 'Third Terminal' of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in the capital.

She opened the construction work of the third terminal by laying its foundation stone.

The Prime Minister also asked VIPs of the country to follow the security rules at airports and warned that anyone flouting the regulations will face air travel restrictions in future.

"I want to say it clearly, here there are members of Parliament, ministers, chiefs of the services and other high officials, you have to follow the security measures at the airports of the country like you do in other countries' airports," she said.

Sheikh Hasina said that everyone has to follow the security systems of the airports and none will be allowed to bypass it.

"If anyone creates obstacles to following these security rules, then that person will be stopped [from flying]. At least I will do that, you all have to remember that," she said.

In this connection, she told the audience that working for the country is all she does.

"If anyone wants to do any corruption or bypass any rule, then that information comes to me. Everyone has to remember that. We have given special importance to the security of the airports," she warned.

She asked all passengers to obey the security rules and regulations that are practiced internationally at the airports.

The Prime Minister also asked the authorities concerned to take special care of the expatriates who earn valuable foreign currencies for the country.

"We export manpower and earn huge amount of foreign currencies. We have to look after their (the expatriates') facilities. Make sure that they are not harassed at airports. Special attention has to be given to this matter," she said.

Presided over by M Mahbub Ali, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism, RAM Obaidul Muktadir Chowdhury, Chairman of the Parliamen-tary Standing Committee on Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry and Md Mohibul Haque, Secretary of Civil Aviation and Tourism, Naoki Ito, Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh, Hitoshi Hirata, Chief Representative of Bangladesh Office of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Air Vice Marshal M Mofidur Rahman, Chairman, Civil Aviation Authority and Bangladesh (CAAB) also spoke on the occasion.

Sheikh Hasina said that the government is conducting drive against terrorism, militancy, drugs and corruption.

"We will not spare anyone found involved in corruption. We won't tolerate that we will work day and night tirelessly, our people will engage in hard work and some dishonest persons will line their pockets through corruption. This will not happen here," she said.

She said that the government wants to make Bangladesh free from terrorism, drugs and corruption, and turn it into a prosperous and developed country which was the dream of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

To match aspirations

The construction works of the Third Terminal, that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated, is expected to be modern, world-class and more befitting of the aspiring higher middle-income country that Bangladesh is today.

The terminal will cost BDT 21,399 crore and is expected to be complete in four years' time if the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) can keep a tight grip on the proceedings.

Celebrated architect Rohani Baharin designed the terminal. Her other works include Changi International Airport's Terminal 3, Wuhan Tianhe Terminal 2, Guanghzhou Baiyun New International Airport, Ahmedabad International Airport, New Islamabad International Airport, Can Tho and Phu Quoc International Airports.

The three-storeyed terminal building, which will be 2.30 lakh square metres, will be built by Mitsubishi and Fujita of Japan and Samsung of Korea.

It will have 115 check-in counters, 64 departure and 64 arrival immigration desks, 27 baggage scanning machines, 40 scanning machines, 12 boarding bridges, 16 carousels and 11 body scanners.

There will also be new car parking facility for 1,230 vehicles, a new 63,000 square metre import and export cargo complex, a 5.42 lakh square metre apron for 37 aircrafts, among others.

A water supply system, sewerage treatment plant, intake power plant distribution system, equipment of cargo complex, airfield ground lighting system and hydrant fuel system are also included in the project, according to civil aviation ministry officials.

Around two crore passengers will be able to use the HSIA following construction of the third terminal, 70 percent of the funding for which is coming from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica).

In its current form, HSIA can handle eight million passengers a year. But the number of passengers is expected to reach 14 million by 2025 and 24.8 million by 2035, so the timing of Terminal 3 could not be more crucial.

Around 130 domestic and international flights -- including 26 foreign airlines' -- carrying 25,000-30,000 passengers use the HSIA every day.

The airport handles about 1.6 crore luggage every year of about 70 lakh passengers with the eight carousels in the two international terminals. In other words, it is already operating at full capacity.

In short, it all sounds good on paper. But, the real challenge starts from today, as it is the execution that matters in the end and never the idea.

Attention must be paid that the project is completed on time and there are no further cost increases.

When the project was first conceived, its outlay was projected at BDT 13,610 crore. But earlier this month, the Executive Committee of approved an additional BDT 7,788.59 crore for the project.

The construction work is expected to take 48 months.

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