BY TTT NEWS SERVICE
KOLKATA, 21 OCTOBER 2022
The Airport Authority of India (AAI) will develop the New Integrated Terminal Building (NIDB) of Imphal International Airport at a cost of Rs.500 crores within twenty four months. It can handle 2.5 million passengers annually.
Sanmukh Jugani, Regional Executive Director of Airport Authority of India (AAI) said that the new integrated terminal building will be constructed along with technical block cum Air Traffic Control Tower, apron linked taxiway and associated works.
It will be spread over an area of 22,000 square metres and will have world class passenger amenities. The airport will be able to handle 800 passengers during peak hour flight operations.
The six story building ATC tower cum technical block will be 40 feet high. The taxiways and aprons will have eight numbers of stands for code c type aircrafts – Airbus A320 and Boeing 737.
A cargo complex is also being built at a cost of Rs.16 crores. Work is in progress and is set to be inaugurated early next year.
After Guwahati, the Imphal International Airport is the second international airport in the Northeastern region of India. The airport is located 8 kilometers south of Imphal, which is the capital of Manipur.
Formerly known as the Imphal RAF station, this airport was a major allied forces supply airfield during the Second World War. During the battle of Imphal, Japanese forces tried taking control of Imphal but they suffered heavy losses and were driven back to Burma.
Imphal is one of the few cities in India that has seen little change over the decades. This small city is located in the Manipur valley region in the state of Manipur and is dotted with relics from the past with the ruins of a historical palace, ceremonial houses, and well-planned temples amongst tall jackfruit and pine trees.
Tourist attractions like War cemeteries, Khon Gon, Moirang, Keibul Lamjao National Park, Govindajee Temple, and Sendra Island are located within 50 kilometers of the Imphal International Airport. The Paona Market is quite famous and offers a wide selection of local and imported wares for tourists. Another must-visit location for shopping enthusiasts is the Khwairamband Market, which is run by tribal women.
The focus of the central government as per its Act East Policy is to further develop the infrastructure and connectivity of the North Eastern States. The Donyi Polo Airport in Holongi of Arunachal Pradesh has also been set up and will be inaugurated very soon by PM Narendra Modi.