Ahmedabad to get new ATC tower

The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport at Ahmedabad will have a new Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower in 2014,which will give the authorities better visibility of the terminals, the runways and flights taking off or coming in to land. Sources at the airport said that the new ATC would be first major addition to the airport infrastructure which would make flights safer and have more secure skies.
AAI has decided to expand its technical and administration departments at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport. For this, the authority plans to build an administrative block (besides the new ATC) to upgrade technical supervision and improve administration.
Construction work for the administrative block has already begun and the preliminary design for the new tower has been approved.
A new ATC tower and an administrative block had become necessary because of the huge rise in air traffic in the last one year.
The new technical block with the ATC tower will come up between Terminal 1 and 4. The existing technical block houses 75 ATC personnel and 35 communication navigation surveillance (CNS) personnel. Last year, ATC systems were upgraded with the latest equipment.
Tender for the new tower will be out in three months, while work on it is expected to begin in six months.
The AAI is also building a new administrative block which will come up near the residential colony of AAI. The three-storey building will have offices of AAI, DGCA, and the Bureau of civil aviation security (BCAS), among others.
The new building, which is expected to be ready by the end of 2014, will cost approximately Rs 10 crore and will be spread over 660 sq metre.
In terms of flight movement in its airspace, Ahmedabad is the fourth busiest airspace in the world. More than 600 flights pass through the airspace of Ahmedabad as it is the alternate spot for diversion of flights from Mumbai and Delhi. More than 70 flights land and take off every day from city airport.
After the Rs 316-crore international terminal was inaugurated on July 4, 2010 and became operational on September 15, 2010, the new tower and administrative block would be the first major infrastructural addition to the city airport.

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