The premier to also inaugurate Biman’s two new Dreamliner aircraft Boeing 787-9
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the construction of the “Third Terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA),” which aims to handle more than additional 12 million passengers at the airport annually.
“The honourable prime minister will lay the foundation stone of the work at 10:30am on Saturday and we have already completed all preparations to hold the groundbreaking ceremony,” Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary M Mohibul Haque said on Thursday.
The project will cost Tk21,300 crore, of which the government will provide Tk5,000 crore and the rest will be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
“We are expecting to complete the work by 2023,” he added.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will also inaugurate Biman’s two new dreamliners aircraft Boeing 787-9 and a new mobile app of the national flag carrier on the sidelines of the ceremony.
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mahbub Ali will preside over the inaugural ceremony while Parliamentary Standing Committee on Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry Chairman RAM Obaidul Muktadir Chowdhury, Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Naoki Ito and JICA Chief representative Hitoshi Hirata will be present.
On October 24, 2017, the project with an estimated cost of Tk13,610.47crore received approval from the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC).
However, the cost of the project increased subsequently due to expansion of some of the project works, including setting up of a separate cargo house, sources said.
“The cost increased as we amplified volume of work that includes separation of export and import cargo houses and construction of new VVIP terminal,” Haque said.
The secretary said additional work as well as the extra cost were planed and calculated as per consultation of JICA’s fact finding mission along with CAAB’s Japan based consultant firm– the Nippon Koi.
“The project’s additional fund was approved by the ECNEC on December 10 last”, Haque said.
Mitsubishi and Fujita of Japan and Samsung of Korea were awarded to construct the 3rd terminal under a consortium, Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) official sources said.
The new international passenger terminal building is set to have a floor area of roughly 22.5 lakh square feet whereas the exiting two terminals of HSIA have space of around 10 lakh square feet together.
The HSIA’s expansion is set to increase the airport’s annual passenger handling capacity from the current eight million to approximately 20 million, and the cargo capacity from 200,000 tonnes to 500,000 tonnes.