http://www.bialairport.comThe Terminal building
At the terminal building work is progressing as per schedule and has already reached roof level in some parts. Approximately 23 % of the roof elements are completed. Concreting of the ground floor slab, the first floor slab and the columns above ground floor continued to progress. Masonry works and plastering works continued to progress in the ground and the first floor. Plumbing and sanitation works continued in the basement. Installation of the cable trays are in progress in the basement.
Air traffic control (ATC) tower & technical block
Construction work at the ATC tower and other auxiliary buildings is nearing completion. Finishing works like flooring, fixtures (doors & windows) installation continued in the ATC block. Installation works for the various services like electrical, fire fighting, plumbing and sanitation are in progress.
Runway, apron and taxiway
The runway will have a length of 4000 meters and a width of 45 meters. At present, the base pavement layer is work under progress.
At the Taxiway, laying of the base pavement layer (granular sub base) continued to progress. Earthworks for the rapid exits are continuing.
At the Apron area, laying of the final top pavement quality concrete layer commenced.
Construction of a four-lane approach road is progressing well. This road, will also link the other airport support facilities
Other development works included
Manufacturing/procurement of the various special airport system equipment like the flight information display system (FIDS), common user terminal equipment (CUTE), public address (PA) system, fire alarm system, access control system, master control system, X-Ray system is completed. Manufacturing of the passenger boarding bridges and equipment for the baggage handling system are nearing completion.
Manufacturing of the elevators and escalators for the buildings are nearing completion.
The four 1500 KVA diesel generators were installed in the power house north building. The high tension (HT) electrical panels installation within the building is in progress.
Civil works for other buildings such as ground support building, the fire fighting building and the AC (air-conditioning) building continued.
The construction of the raw water tank, the potable water and the booster pump houses continued.
The structural concreting works for the sewage treatment plant commenced and continued.
Erection of the 66kv switchyard is nearing completion. Civil works for the main power house building continued.
The laying of the pavement layer for the main access road commenced.
If anybody wonders, despite its traffic and road problem, this scene is just a contradiction, then I must say, you need to go a little out of the city.. Yes, Davenhalli International Airport..
India's largest greenfield airport will become operational in Bangalore's Devanahalli area in just about a year's time.
According to sources in the Bangalore International Airport Limited, about 45 per cent of the work on the international airport has already been completed and work was progressing as per schedule at the terminal building since the work started 17 months ago.
Situated just about 35 km from Bangalore, this is going to be the largest greenfield airport in the country. Construction works of some of the buildings have already reached the roof level in some portions. Approximately, 23 per cent of the roof elements had been completed.
The BIAL authorities are confident that the airport would begin commercial operation in April 2008.
The airport will have a 4,000-metre-long and 45-metre-wide runway and work was progressing rapidly on this stretch. Asphalting work on the runway and laying of final top pavement quality concrete had commenced in the apron area. Construction work at the Air Traffic Control tower and other auxiliary buildings was nearing completion. All services works had commenced in the auxiliary buildings, he added.
On the manufacturing front, Mr Brunner said part of the passenger boarding bridges and the equipment for baggage handling was nearing completion, while other works such as manufacturing of the central air conditioning equipment, apron flood light masts and fixture of electrical poles for urban lighting continued to progress.
Do you guys really think BIAL & HIAL will be fully functional with all features(world class as claimed) on Day One.
Typically once the structure is complete, it takes about 9 months to make it operational ready, and three months for test runs.
I hate to see them open with basic airport operations and not be ready with all the sytems. The last thing i want to see is some one writing baggage carousel numbers and flight timings with a piece of chalk on a black board or passengers begging for flight information.
This is precisely what i observed at DIAL last week, even six months after take over by GMR. May be at DIAL old habits die hard. I did not find a single GMR soul to file my complaint. Neither their website "suggestions, complaints" page works.
Hopefully these two greenfield projects bring best work culture thats required for service industry like airports.
Do you guys really think BIAL & HIAL will be fully functional with all features(world class as claimed) on Day One. Typically once the structure is complete, it takes about 9 months to make it operational ready, and three months for test runs.
It would be wishful thinking if we expect things to go 100% right from day one. With modern designs, we need modern procedural implementation too and that comes at a very basic, human level.
Unfortunately, with all the hoola hoopla of new designs of the airports built in this decade, there seems to be no word of how the private consortia plan to implement services at the new a/ports.
I will cite international examples from experience - Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok (it's come to a shameful realisation in the last few weeks that quite a lot of things need improvement). HK's Chek Lap Kok airport which was slated to be world's best airport from day one, had one of the most well rehearsed mock-ups prior to opening. (I had participated in being one of the mock passengers and we were taken thru mock check-ins, mock immigration, mock customs, mock air-side queing). All seemed to go well in the mock ups with each department and each service doing exceptionally well in the pre-opening stages.
But on D-day (opening day), all hell broke loose with baggage loss, flight delays and a huge commotion in all spoke and wheel services of the airport. There was utter confusion that lasted quite many days.
You also had Mumbai Domestic terminal having, if not similar problems; then of lesser degree, after they opened it to the public after cosmetic changes in the exterior and interior.
All projects of such magnitude have a learning curve and it all depends on how steep and long (or short) the learning curve is. I personally feel all these new a/ports will have a long curve from zero hour to apex operability !
Hypothetical summary? Expect ! As passengers, do foresee delays, system crashes, confusion, apathy and chaos - in spite of the sparkling new structures.
could you please elaborate on this...The differentiator b/w HIAL and BIAL would be defently the quality of the airport operations. No doubt HIAL has good architecture in comparison with BIAL. But BIAL will score over HIAL in its service and operation efficiency.
doesn't HIAL's Malasian partner equally experienced...But the BIAL management and partners has good and long experience in running successfully major aviation hub like Zurich.
I thought, HIAL has been doing a similar exercise ...In recent days if you have noticed the to be airport oeprator has gone through meticulous selction of the service partners.
does it mean HIAL's consultant doesn't have enough experience in such operation...Regarding transition of services from old HAL airport to new airport, this will be done through operation & readiness and airport transfer (ORAT) consultants. For BIAL this will be done by its one of the promoter, Siemens. Siemens has vast experience in ORAT has successfully executed sevral transfers.
isn't it true with most other airports which underwent a similar transition...If the cut of time is april 2, 2008 00.00 hrs, then you can expect confusion interms which airport to check in and where to go. Defently there is large responsibility on both the airport operator and airlines to ensure operations are smooth.