State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry Md Mahbub Ali on Sunday said construction of the third terminal at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) will be completed by the stipulated year 2023.
Construction work on the terminal is going on at a fast pace amid corona virus pandemic, said the minister expressing his satisfaction with the development.Mahbub Ali made the comments after inspecting the construction work of the terminal at HSIA in the city.
Civil Aviation and Tourism secretary Md Mohibul Haque and Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) chairman Air vice Marshal Md Mofidur Rahman were also present during the inspection.
Talking about the progress of the construction work, Mahbub Ali said that six percent work on the new terminal has been completed since December 2019. “Progress is satisfactory. Construction work on the terminal did not stop for a single day amid the corona virus pandemic. Work is going on following the all health guidelines,” said the minister.
The minister also informed there will be no change in the design of the third terminal at country’s premier airport.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina opened the construction work of the terminal by laying its foundation stone on December 27.
The terminal is being built at a cost of Tk 21,300 crore of which the government will provide Tk 5,000 crore and the rest will be funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).Mitsubishi and Fujita of Japan and Samsung of Korea were awarded the contract to construct the third terminal under a consortium.
The three-storey terminal building, designed by Rohani Baharin of internationally renowned CPG Corporation (Private) Limited Singapore, will have a floor space of 2,30,000 square metres.
It will have 115 check-in counters, including 15 self-service; 66 departure immigration counters, including 10 automatic passport control counters; 59 arrival immigration desks, including five automatic check-in counters and 19 check-in arrival counters while 16 arrival baggage belts will also be set up.