HSIA’s 3rd terminal construction work underway in full swing
Published: 11:15 AM, 29 September 2020 Updated: 03:01 PM, 10 October 2020
The construction work of third terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) is underway in full swing; Photo: Daily Bangladesh
Although the coronavirus pandemic has hampered the ongoing mega projects in the country, the construction work of the third terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA), the largest project in the aviation sector of the country, is underway in full swing by maintaining health guidelines amid the epidemic.
While visiting the spot, it can be seen that soil and sand – bringing from the Daudkandi area of Meghna River – filling work is going on in the terminal building area.
Out of about 3,000 pilings, 700 pilings have been completed. The rest of the piling work is progressing rapidly. Construction workers engaged in work under the supervision of foreign engineers. About 1,500 workers are working day and night in this mega project given priority by the government.
The overall progress of the work in the first nine months is 6 percent. The overall progress would have been more if the work had not stopped at the beginning of Covid-19, according to concerned people.
According to project-related sources, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation stone for the construction of the project worth around Tk 22,000 crore on December 28, 2019. This work is expected to be completed by June 2023.
JICA has financed the construction work and Shimizu of Japan and Samsung of Korea are jointly implementing the project called Aviation Dhaka Consortium (ADC). More than 400 skilled manpower of the two countries is working relentlessly. Renowned architect Rohani Bahrain has designed a 230,000-square-meter building at the terminal.
What’s in this Project –
Concerned officials said that there will be facilities to keep 37 aircraft aprons and 1,230 vehicles in 542,000 square meters, an import-export cargo complex in 63,000 square feet and 115 check-in counters. There will be 64 immigration counters for departure and 64 for incoming passengers. Besides, there will be 27 baggage scanning machines, 11 body scanners, 12 boarding bridges and 16 luggage belts.
Besides, rescue and firefighting stations, equipment 4,000 sqm, land development, connecting taxiway (north) 24,000 sqm, connecting taxiway (other) 42,500 sqm, rapid exit taxiway (north) 22,000 sqm, rapid exit taxiway (south) 19,500 sqm, Shoulder 96,500 sqm, GSE Road 83,800 sqm, Service Road 33,000 sqm, Drainage Works (Box Calvert and Protective Works), Boundary Wall, Security Gate, Guard Room, Watch Tower, Watch Tower Elevated road and funnel tunnel will be kept along with service road.
About this, Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman, chairman of Civil Aviation Authority Bangladesh (CAAB), said the project is going on even though everything in the world has stopped due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite stumbling in the beginning, special arrangements were made for everyone from CAAB officials to workers and proceeding in an alternative way by following the hygiene rules.
He added that accommodation for 400 people has been arranged next to the project to keep the work going. “Workers are getting infected with the virus when they go out. That is why their overall arrangements have been made here,” he also said.
Arrangements are being made to accommodate 400 more people at the project site next to the Nikunja canal. Besides, another accommodation is being arranged in the Kawla area to accommodate 4,000 more workers, M Mafidur Rahman also said, adding, “We are giving our best to complete the project work on time.”
Air Vice-Marshal M Mofidur Rahman further said that the third terminal of Shahjalal International Airport will have all the modern facilities.
The official hopes that if it is launched, it will be one of the most scenic airports in the world.