ISLAMABAD: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will spend Rs 690 million this year for development of sustainable rain water resources, completion of under-construction main meteorological office and establishment of accommodation for personnel of Airport Security Force (ASF) at New Islamabad International Airport (NIIA).
The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) had approved development of sustainable rain water resources and construction of Ramma Dam in March this year to meet water requirements of the new airport with an estimated cost of Rs.1,657 million, out of which Rs.684.74 million have already been spent.
However, an additional amount of Rs.271.41 million have been allocated under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2015-16 for completion of this project, according to a budgetary document released by the government.
According to official sources in CAA, the dam is being constructed in coordination with Small Dams Organization, Islamabad.
Similarly, another amount of Rs.18.58 million has been allocated under the PSDP 2015-16 for establishment of Main Meteorological Office at the airport.
The estimated cost of this project is Rs.31 million out of which Rs.12.38 have already been spent.
The government has also earmarked Rs.400 million for construction of accommodation barracks for the Airport Security Force (ASF) personnel.
Under the directives of Prime Minister, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, a power plant will be installed to ensure regular electricity to the airport which would cater to the needs of 15 million passengers in a year.
The CAA responsible for execution of this state of the art airport has also decided for provisioning of security on complete perimeter fencing by installing perimeter intrusion detection system in line with the international standards at airport.
For this purpose, a consultant is being engaged to conduct complete survey of the area measuring 18.4 kilometers and prepare initial report.
It may be mentioned here that this airport will be the first green field airport of Pakistan with the facility to cater for the largest commercial aircraft presently operating worldwide.
The airport will have 15 boarding bridges and will be able to handle 400,000 metric tons of cargo. The government has ordered the installation of latest baggage handling system at the airport.
The groundbreaking of the project was performed in April 2007 and it was supposed to be completed within 30 months, initially the cost of the project was estimated to be Rs37 billion.
Later, PC-I of the project was revised in March 2012 at a cost of Rs 66 billion. The CAA had once again revised its expenditures putting them at Rs 95 billion and October 2016 was the anticipated completion date of the project.