New look Dehradun airport will be massive boost for Uttarakhand's economy
The Dehradun airport, commonly known as the Jolly Grant Airport, is the gateway to most of the tourist destinations in the state
In a move that will prove to be a massive boost to tourism and connectivity in the hilly state of Uttarakhand, Dehradun airport’s new terminal building is expected to be completed by next month. The airport is undergoing a makeover, which will increase its passenger handling capacity.
A senior official of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) said the new terminal spread across an area of 42,776 sqm will be able to handle 1,800 passengers during peak hours. It will boost the current capacity of the airport by eightfold.
Work in progress on the hybrid curtain wall at the Dehradun airport
The Dehradun airport, commonly known as the Jolly Grant Airport, is the gateway to most of the tourist destinations in the state and has seen a sharp rise in passengers each year. The airport has also featured among the top five airports in the country in customer satisfaction index surveys.
What will be new in Phase I
1. The Dehradun airport is getting upgraded in phases at the project cost of Rs 353 crore.
2. The first phase of development work includes construction of the domestic terminal building along with the utility block, car park, sewage treatment plant, rainwater harvesting structures and other ancillary structures.
Artist's impression of the new look Dehradun airport
3. The building will have a concourse, check-in area, security hold and arrival lounge on the ground floor, security hold on the first floor and other services and various offices on the mezzanine floor.
4. It will be equipped with 36 check-in counters and four aerobridges.
5. The new terminal will have all modern facilities like self-check-in kiosks and inline baggage screening.
Work in progress on the ramp for PBB at the Dehradun airport
6. Ample retail space spread over an area of 6,465 sqm has also been planned, which is expected to accelerate the generation of revenue and employment for the local youth.
Concept and design of the new terminal
1. The height of the building is optimally designed to reduce the cost of construction and operation. The building has been planned in such a way that it will provide passengers and visitors a sense of place, highlighting the culture and heritage of Uttarakhand.
2. The arched façade is inspired by the work featured at the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun and the columns are inspired by the form of Brahmakamal, the state flower of Uttarakhand.
Skylight view at the revamped terminal building at the Dehradun airport
3. The new building will also have eco-friendly and sustainable features like a double-curved roof to aid in rainwater harvesting, sewage treatment plant, solar power system, energy-efficient fixtures and the provision of maximum natural light through skylights.
What will happen next
The second phase of the development work will include shifting of operations from the existing terminal building to the new one and construction of the remaining portion of the terminal building along with the integration of all the services.
Airside view at the revamped Dehradun airport
Almost 80% of the development work in the first phase has been completed and the project is likely to be ready by October 21.
Why this airport is important
The airport was constructed in 1974, but commercial airline operations commenced from 1982. The first low-cost airline of India, Air Deccan, started scheduled flight service between New Delhi and Dehradun in 2004. Since then, the airport has seen a sharp increase in passenger traffic.
Utility building at the Dehradun airport
It was between 2007 and 2009 that AAI upgraded the infrastructure of the airport to accommodate more travellers. Now, this airport, which is situated about 27 km from the main city, caters to multiple flights connecting major (and even smaller) cities of India – New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Varanasi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Pantnagar, Pithoragarh, Lucknow and Jaipur.
It has not only played an important role in connecting the state with other parts of the country but helped in boosting tourism, which is one of the main sources of revenue for the state.