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Work on the construction of the much-awaited third terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) is going to begin in September this year.

The construction work of the new terminal will be completed by 2022 with an estimated cost of Tk 13,610.46 crore under the financial assistance of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Civil Aviation Authority Bangladesh (CAAB) sources said the expansion includes construction of the third passenger terminal building known as Terminal 3, as well as a 5,900 square meter VVIP complex, 41,200 square meter cargo building and multi-level car parking building with tunnel.

The new international passenger terminal building is set to have a floor area of roughly 226,000 square metres. Additionally, the project includes construction of several exit and connecting taxiways, a parking apron in Terminal 3, new roads to connect the terminal with the airport road and a drainage system.

Various water treatment, power supply, rescue and fire-fighting facilities will also be built as part of the development.

For the construction, CAAB invited international tender on September 20 last year. But later the tender submission time was extended for another month.

According to sources, there will be a VVIP Complex, new cargo village, rapid exit and connecting taxiways. Of the total cost, Tk 570 crore will be spent on consultancy services.

Sources said some 12 passenger boarding bridges out of 24 will be constructed on the first phase. There will be 13 check-in belts. To maintain huge pressure and traffic, the connecting road with the terminal will also get new design.

Project Director AKM Maksudul Islam said, “We are hopeful of starting the construction work by September this year.”

There will be a rapid exit and connecting taxiway and main road beside Le Meridian hotel to enter the airport.

Besides, a subway will be built to connect the Dhaka Elevated Expressway with the airport.

It is to be noted that the project was approved by ECNEC in October, 2017.

Earlier in 2015, the feasibility study report on third terminal was presented to Prime Minister’s Office. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ordered to implement the project as soon as possible.

Shahjalal Airport can handle 0.8 million passengers and 0.2 million tonnes of cargo annually.

The airport expansion project has been undertaken in accordance with the changing needs of the time, once the project work is finished, the airport will be able to handle 2.0 million passengers while its cargo handling capacity will rise to 0.5 million tonnes.