Inauguration of new Integrated Terminal Building at Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the new Integrated Terminal Building of Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair through video conferencing on 18th July.

An Overview of the News

Nature Inspired Architectural Design

  • The architectural design of the airport terminal resembles a shell-shaped structure, drawing inspiration from nature.

  • The design represents the sea and the islands, reflecting the unique environment of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Sustainable features for minimal environmental impact

  • The new terminal building includes a number of sustainability features to ensure minimal negative impact on the islands' environment.

  • This includes a double-insulated roof system to reduce heat and skylights to maximise natural sunlight, reducing the need for artificial lighting.

  • LED lighting and low heat gain glazing are used to conserve energy.

  • The terminal building has a rainwater harvesting system that collects water in an underground tank and an on-site sewage treatment plant, where 100% of treated wastewater is reused for landscaping.

  • In addition, a 500 kW capacity solar power plant has been set up to harness renewable energy.

Enhanced connectivity and passenger capacity

  • The new Integrated Terminal Building, constructed at a cost of about Rs 710 crore, will play a vital role in enhancing connectivity in the island union territory.

  • With a total built-up area of approximately 40,800 sqm, the terminal building has the capacity to handle approximately 5 million passengers annually.

  • An apron suitable for two Boeing-767-400 and two Airbus-a321 aircraft has been constructed, allowing parking for up to ten aircraft at a time.

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