The Tk21,300 crore project is set to complete in 2023, according to CAAB
Authorities are all set to include new components to the proposed third terminal project at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in Dhaka without increasing the budget, thanks to the changes in the piling method that has saved around Tk749 crore.
The Civil Aviation Authority Bangladesh (CAAB), the implementing agency, recently received clearance in this regard from the Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase.
“Now the Development Project Proposal [DPP] of the third terminal project will be revised to spend the surplus funds on the construction of a separate VVIP terminal complex and a couple of boarding bridges,” said CAAB Chairman Air Vice-Marshal M Mafidur Rahman.
“There is no legal barrier to implementing the new plan as we’ve already got the green signal from the authorities concerned,” he told Dhaka Tribune.
In line with the previous plan, the 5,900 square metre VVIP complex was supposed to be built on the same compound where a cargo building and a multilevel car parking will be constructed and linked with a tunnel.
Now, under the new plans and with the new funds, the VVIP complex will be kept separate to easily manage movement and control extra rush and chaos, which usually interrupts operations at the airport.
According to CAAB, soil test results for the terminal buildings have indicated that the screw steel piling (SSP) system was not suitable for the project. As a result, the piling method was changed to a bored piling system instead of the expensive SSP method, following discussions with the authorities concerned and the consulting firm.
On December 28, 2019, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the much-awaited construction work of the Tk21,300 crore “Third Terminal of HSIA” in Dhaka aimed at increasing the capacity of handling more passengers and cargo.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), the donor partner of the project, is currently evaluating the proposal of revising the DPP. The CAAB expects a positive response from the Jica authorities.
Although the initial surplus amount is Tk749 crore, the revised cost of the total project could be assessed after the completion of the maximum portion of the construction work.
Development projects usually need more money at the end of the implementation process. Considering this factor, the CAAB has decided not to include too many components at the initial stage.
“Initially, two components have been added to the project. But the cost of these components has not been finalized yet,” AKM Maksudul Islam, project director of the third terminal, told Dhaka Tribune.
CAAB sources said that the authorities were planning to implement some beautification work under the project with the aim of making it a world-class terminal.
First phase of piling to end by June
The project has had around 14% of progress made until April 30, according to CAAB sources.
“We have plans to complete most of the piling work of the first phase before the rainy season [July] so that heavy rains cannot disrupt the work,” said CAAB Chairman Mafidur Rahman.
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As per the initial plan, the project is scheduled to be completed by June 2023. CAAB is trying to complete 18% of the work before July since the construction work is sluggish at this moment due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Some 3,000 piles are required for the project while one-third of the work is set to be completed by June. Of them, more than 500 piles have already been installed.
Hundreds of workers, local and foreign engineers and consultants are contributing to the project amid the pandemic. The site has separate accommodation for 400 workers as well as quarantine and medical facilities for them.
Passenger handling capacity will double
According to a CAAB study, the airport will have passenger traffic of approximately 12 million by August 2022 and up to 22 million by 2035.
On completion of the project, the airport’s annual passenger handling capacity will be 20 million from the current eight million, and cargo capacity will go up from 200,000 tons to 500,000 tons.
The project is also expected to improve air transportation, as well as contribute to the economic and social development of the country.
The new international passenger terminal building will have a floor area of roughly 2.25 million square feet. The existing two terminals have a space of around one million square feet together.
Additionally, the project will implement the construction of several exits and connecting taxiways, a parking apron in Terminal 3, new roads to connect the terminal with Airport Road and a drainage system. Passengers will be able to catch the metro rail from the terminal while a ramp will connect the terminal with the Dhaka Elevated Expressway.
The terminal will have 115 check-in counters, including 15 self-service; 66 departure immigration counters, including 10 automatic passport control counters; 59 arrival immigration desks, including five automatic check-in counters; 19 check-in arrival counters; and 16 arrival baggage belts.
According to the project design, the third terminal will have 12 boarding bridges and 12 conveyor belts.
The feasibility study for the Hazrat Shahjalal Airport Expansion Project was conducted in 2014-15.
The project received the green signal from the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on October 24, 2017. It involved an estimated cost of Tk13,610 crore.
However, in 2019, the cost was revised and set at Tk21,300 crore, of which the government will provide Tk5,000 crore and the rest will be funded by Jica.
To implement the project, CAAB awarded a five-year contract to a consortium, led by the Japanese engineering and consulting company Nippon Koei.
The consortium comprises Singapore-based CPG Consultants, Bangladesh-based Development Design Consultants and Japanese engineering consulting firm Oriental Consultant Global.
Yooshin Engineering, CPG Corporation and Development Design Consultants took part in the feasibility study of the project.
Rohani Baharin of CPG Corporation designed the third terminal building.