The Union Cabinet has approved the upgradation and expansion of Lucknow, Chennai and Guwahati airports. The cost of these terminals is estimated to be above Rs 5,000 crore.
A sum of Rs 2,467 crore has been approved for the upgradation of Chennai airport with a new terminal building that will incorporate green building features with an aim to achieve the GRIHA 4 Star rating. For the construction of new terminal buildings at Guwahati and Lucknow airports the sums approved are Rs 1,383 crore and Rs 1,232 crore, respectively. It may be recalled here that the government had created Rs 21,000 crore corpus for the upgradation of the airports in the country and these three airports will be upgraded and expanded out of this corpus.
The Airports Authority of India is currently implementing plans for creating additional capacity at other airports Agartala, Patna, Srinagar, Pune, Trichy, Vijayawada, Port Blair, Jaipur, Mangalore, Dehradun, Jabalpur, Kolhapur, Goa, Rupsi, Leh, Calicut and Imphal with capital expenditure of Rs 20,178 crore in the next four-five years.