The development work of the civil enclave project at the Kanpur Airport, including a new terminal building, at an investment of INR 143.6 crore is expected to be completed by this year, an official release said on Thursday, September 1.
Once commissioned, the new terminal building spread over 6,248 sq mt will be able to handle 300 passengers during peak hours with host facilities such as eight check-in counters, conveyor belts for the arriving passengers and a parking space for as many as 150 cars.
It will be built with Four-Star GRIHA-energy efficient technology. The airport will provide more options for flyers who are looking to travel to various tier-II cities of India under the RCS-UDAN scheme.
Besides, the apron is being designed to park as many as three A321 types of aircraft. The airport at Kanpur, which is the commercial capital of Uttar Pradesh and a hub for leather, textiles and defence production, among others, is at present directly connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Gorakhpur.
Kanpur, once known as ‘The Manchester of East’; is one of the most vibrant cities in India. Nestled on the banks of the eternal Ganga, Kanpur stands as one of North India’s major industrial centres with its own historical, religious and commercial importance.
“Considering the growth in passenger traffic, AAI has undertaken the development work of civil enclave at Kanpur Airport with enhanced passengers’ facilities at a project cost of INR 143.6 crore,” it said.
The façade of the terminal will be adorned with art depicting local heritage inspired by the famous JK Temple of Kanpur. The development project is also expected to be completed by 31 December this year.
The development of the civil enclave at the Kanpur Airport with enhanced capacity and passenger amenities will improve the connectivity to this city. This will in turn act as a propulsive factor for the growth and development of the city and adjoining regions.
The UDAN scheme, launched by the Modi government in April 2017 was aimed at providing regional connectivity to the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the scheme to provide affordable flights to the common citizens. Other airports in Uttar Pradesh built under this scheme are Agra, Kushinagar, Prayagraj, Hindon, Ayodhya and Bareilly.
Through the scheme, air connectivity has been provided to 68 unserved and underserved destinations. It has also initiated 425 new routes that are expected to enhance air connectivity in 29 states and union territories.
According to a statement released by the government, over a million passengers have already availed of the benefits of the UDAN scheme by August 2022. Regional carriers have also benefited from the scheme as they are now getting more opportunities and are improving their operations.