Nalanda design for terminal – The Telegraph

GREETINGS: Chief minister Nitish Kumar meets Union civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Monday. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh

Deshratnamarg: Union civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Monday said the design for the new terminal building of the Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport has been finalised after consultation with the Bihar government, and it will be themed on the ancient Nalanda University to reflect the rich heritage of the state.

Raju, along with senior officials, met chief minister Nitish Kumar to discuss the design of the new terminal building and also deliberate over a greenfield airport at Rajgir in Nalanda district. The meeting, held at the CM’s secretariat, lasted for around two hours.

“We shortlisted three designs for the new terminal building of the Patna airport, of which the one based on the theme of Nalanda University was appreciated by all. It has been frozen by us. It will reflect the rich heritage and culture of the state,” Raju told The Telegraph.

The minister said the interior decoration of the new terminal building will be based on artefacts housed in the Bihar Museum to give visitors a feel of the glorious past of the state.

Expressing satisfaction over the “fruitful meeting” with Nitish, Raju pointed out that though selecting the terminal building design was a prerogative of the Centre, the Bihar government was consulted “because there is no satisfaction in arbitrary decisions”.

Sources present at the meeting said Nitish gave valuable suggestions regarding the terminal building, which will be incorporated by the Airport Authority of India.

Raju said the Patna airport was designed to service 17 lakh people per annum, but was catering to around 30 lakh people leading to a space crunch.

“The new terminal building will be able to cater to around 45 lakh people. However, the cushion will not be much and there is a need to develop another airport. Some progress has been made on the expansion of the Bihta airport in this regard and the issue of the terminal is being sorted out,” Raju said.

He added that discussions on the greenfield airport at Rajgir have progressed well. The concept of an airport integrated with a township was presented at the meeting.

“Such concepts are being implemented in Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. We need to develop it in a time-bound manner. We also have to ensure that farmers get a good deal for their land as development should be inclusive,” Raju said.

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