Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport (also known as Durgapur Airport) at Andal, near Durgapur in West Bengal is India’s first green field private airport development. Marking its inaugural flight with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju on board, the airport commenced commercial flight operations on 15th May 2015. Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd (BAPL) and Singapore’s Changi Airports International (CAI) are the major stakeholders of the 650-acre airport, which forms part of a new aerotropolis. The 1,818-acre township is set to transform the West Bengal region into an industrial powerhouse and a major economic hub.
The runway, at 2,800 metres in length is designed to accommodate Airbus-320, 321 and Boeing-747 aircraft with allowance for future expansion of up to 3,300 metres for code-E aircraft. The airport comprises a single story passenger terminal building, services cluster block, air traffic control tower, electro mechanical buildings and AFLCC for accommodating Airfield Lighting Control Circuits. Target traffic of the new aviation facility is at one million passengers annually. We were appointed in June 2014 to support the completion and commissioning of the airport, providing our expertise in project management, construction management and contract administration which included coordination of various authority inspections to obtain clearances and licences.
Our scope of work entailed design management of the Airfield Ground Lighting & Balance, DVOR, Glide Path & Localizer, meteorological equipment, commissioning of all electro-mechanical and plumbing services, QA management of airfield pavements and runway, coordination of main tender, and oversight of construction. We also managed the civil and architectural works as well as all changes and administration of contracts including certification of running bills of contractors and final settlement of contractor’s claims.
The biggest challenge on the project was to remove three high tension electricity lines (33KV, 200KV and 400KV) which ran across the middle of the runway. By applying our technical knowledge and working collaboratively with the client and consultants, we were able to develop a strategy that enabled the lines to be shifted underground to clear the aircraft route. Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport was handed over to a very satisfied client. Despite the aggressive timeline, the quality and precision of the aerodrome elements and equipment were recognised by both the client and the airport industry governing body.
Aninda Chatterjee, vice president of BAPL, recognised the contribution made by our people in leading the completion of the airport: "We are very pleased to have had Faithful+Gould involved in our project. We value their efforts and ability in ensuring the project was managed through to completion, meeting the high quality standards that are required for operating airports."
As part of our role, we are also providing construction management services on the township’s main infrastructure works, which is currently underway.