Opening of the multi-level car park at the airport postponed to December


The opening of the airport’s multi-level car park has been delayed again and will only be open in December.

The main reasons for the delay were the impact of COVID-19 and the lack of resources and manpower for construction work. Sources said the job was finished but painting was in progress, sources said.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) started building the parking space in March 2019 in the 4.25 acre area at a cost of 250 crore to house vehicles and commercial establishments. Since the existing parking lot can only hold a maximum of 1,200 vehicles, congestion worsened with a steady increase in passenger traffic.

The new facility was planned to accommodate 2,000 vehicles.

IAA officials said while the west wing would have parking and shopping facilities, the east wing would house another parking lot and movie theaters.

While PVR Cinemas will operate five movie theaters, there will be two food courts, retail stores, bars and restaurants. “We had originally reserved 3.3 lakh square feet of space, but due to COVID-19 it has been reduced to 2.5 lakh square feet. But if there is a need later, the space can be converted for more outlets, ”one official said.

This car park will be linked to the new integrated terminals and will have a walkalator for easy access.

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