PM to inaugurate new Apron, Taxiway at BIA
By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan
The Japanese funded JPY 74,397 million (approximately Rs 110 billion) new Apron and Taxiway, constructed as a part of Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) Expansion Project, will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa along with Japanese Ambassador Mizukoshi Hideaki today (25).
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) loan has provided a loan for this project at a 0.1 per cent p.a. interest with a 40-year repayment period.
Japan through JICA has been partnering the Sri Lankan Government for developing BIA for nearly four decades since 1980. With the opening of new apron and taxiway, the area of the existing apron which is 269,000m2, is extended by another 210,000m2 and the total area of the Apron will be 479,000m2. The number of existing parking stands at 25 will be increased by another 23 to 48. In addition, a new storm water drainage system, including a retention pond is also built. After completion of the terminal, the Airport may handle 15 million passengers annually, JICA said.
Hazama Ando Corporation Japan undertook the constriction of apron and taxiway. Another major Japanese project under construction is the new passenger terminal building, being built by Taisei Corporation Japan and expected to be opened in 2024. It includes rainwater harvesting and recycled water from the sewerage treatment plant for flushing toilets, solar energy harvesting, LED lighting, etc.
At today event, Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, JICA’s Chief Representative Yamada Tetsuya will also participate.