The Airports Authority of India is hopeful of throwing open the new terminal of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport at Kolkata to the public by Durga Puja this year, a top official has said.

“Work is going on well. We are hoping to open the terminal by Durga Puja,” the AAI Chairman, Mr V.P. Agarwal, told reporters here. The festival falls in October.

Elaborating on the ongoing work at Kolkata airport, he said cleaning and greening work were in progress.

“Trial operation for domestic (terminal) is done. And for international, we are planning. So building is all energised. Cleaning is going on,” he said.

About its inauguration, he said: “The foundation stone was laid by (the then) Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. Now, he is running for the Presidential position. I am aiming that the President should come,” he added.

(This article was published on July 19, 2012)
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