Dehradun Airport’s new terminal building will set new standards

Uttarakhand on Wednesday achieved an important milestone in aviation infrastructure. Union Minister for Civil Aviation and Steel, Jyotiraditya M. Scindia virtually inaugurated the new terminal building at Dehradun Airport along with Chief Minister Puskar Singh Dhami. Addressing the gathering, Scindia highlighted the strategic plan behind the construction of the terminal, and stressed on a phased approach to ensure uninterrupted airport operations.

Construction and Capacity

Scindia said the construction of the new terminal building was carefully planned in two phases to ensure uninterrupted operations at the airport. With the completion of the initial phase, comprising 28,729 square metres, followed by the completion of the second phase, comprising 14,047 square metres, the total area of the terminal has now expanded to 42,776 square metres. This strategic approach has resulted in a tenfold increase in the total capacity of the terminal, effectively catering to a significantly larger volume of passengers and flights.

Spread over 326.42 acres, Dehradun Airport plays an important role in the tourism sector of Uttarakhand, serving 10 lakh passengers annually. Conveniently located near Rishikesh and Haridwar, the airport serves as the aerial gateway to Garhwal, a seamless blend of modernity with the natural splendor of the region.

The architectural marvel of the new terminal embodies a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity. Inspired by local heritage and environmental ethos, each element tells the story of the rich culture of Uttarakhand. Worth noting are the canopy-supporting pillars, which are reminiscent of Buddhist prayer wheels, evoking a sense of peace and spirituality. Additionally, pillars resembling the Brahmakamal, the state flower of Uttarakhand, contribute to sustainability efforts by harnessing natural light.

Designed with inclusivity in mind, the terminal ensures accessibility for all, including ramps, lifts and specially designed restrooms for disabled people.

Main Features of the new terminal

  • Capacity to serve 3,240 passengers during peak hours and 47 lakh passengers annually.
  • 48 check-in counters, 4 conveyor belts and 12 baggage X-ray machines.
  • Parking facility for 500 cars.
  • The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 486 crores.

Scindia also elaborated on the government’s commitment to increase air connectivity across Uttarakhand. He revealed that development is not just happening at the Dehradun airport, but the government is also upgrading airports at Pantnagar and Pithoragarh, and starting heliports at various places, taking the total number to 21 soon.