Tvm: For techies from Trivandrum who have long dreamt of a world class terminal back home while onsite, your dream will materialise soon. The New International Terminal Complex (NITC) is getting ready for take off and the countdown may begin anytime soon.
Built over a period of two years by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) at a cost of Rs.289 crores, the NITC at the Trivandrum Airport is spread over 120 acres. With about 32,000 sq. mts, the complete steel and glass structure has all the facilities required for an international terminal. Three Entry & Exit Gates each and 30 Check-in Counters are sure to make life easy for the international travellers. The counters for Immigration and Security Clearance are on the first floor. There are three aerobridges to connect the gates of the terminal to the aircraft.
The NITC has ample parking space outside the terminal with a provision for 600 cars and 20 buses. The landscaping of the area is in progress and according to V N Chandran, Director, AAI – Trivandrum, the best species of trees from all over Kerala, about 20 varieties, are being planted there which will make it lush green over a period.
The approach road to the NITC from the NH Bypass being built by the Kerala Government at a cost of Rs.81 crores is nearing completion. On the cards is rail and waterway connectivity to NITC. The Kollam – Kovalam waterway runs parallel to the NITC and Trivandrum would, in all probability, become the first airport in India to be accessible by boats.
The inauguration of the New International Terminal Complex is expected later this month, subject to the availability of the Prime Minister and the terminal would become operational in about four days from then. And as of now, there is no user development fee. So till the next time, when you might be flying out or into the Terminal No. 3 of the Trivandrum Airport, au revoir!
Kerala IT News