New integrated terminal building at Guwahati will comply with green building norms having GRIHA-4 Ratings. GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) is a national rating system for green buildings jointly developed by The Energy and Resources Institute (Teri) and Union ministry of new and renewable energy.
Concrete pile foundation work for the project was done by Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra (IAS), Chairman, AAI at the project site of the new terminal on Wednesday. The new terminal building at Guwahati Airport, spread over 77,500 square metres, is expected to be completed by 2021. The new terminal will have all the world class facilities, especially a multi-level car parking area.
The new airport will be built at a cost of Rs 1,232 crore and will have the capacity to handle 2,900 passengers during peak hours.
Entire building will have LED lighting system controlled through BMS. The interiors of the building will depict local handicrafts, murals and popular tourist destinations of the state. The city side of the building will be aesthetically landscaped with lush green areas. A small internal forest feature, bamboo artefact and a craft village will be integrated into the overall design, highlighting the rich ethos and culture of the region.
New terminal for Guwahati has become necessary as the existing one has already saturated. For example, in 2016-17 the airport handled 3.8 million passengers while its design capacity is 3.5 million passengers per annum.