Islamabad: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif visited the under construction New Islamabad International Airport to review the progress of work on the project. Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Information Minister Mr. Pervaiz Rasheed and Special Assistant to Prime Minister Mr. Shujaat Azeem were also present at the occasion. Secretary Aviation Division and DG Civil Aviation Authority briefed the Prime Minister.
PM directed Civil Aviation Authority to complete the project by 31st March 2015. I don’t want any further delays in completion of the project”, PM added.
Prime Minister directed to fast track the completion process with variations to be carried out simultaneously Prime Minister said that Airport has to cater for future extensions and traffic hence the future needs should be kept in view in execution of the project.
Prime Minister directed to install a dedicated power plant to ensure regular power supply to the airport. Prime Minister also directed that latest package handling system should be installed at the airport.. PM said that in order to ensure water supply, water from small dams to be built by Punjab Government be provided to the Airport.
Prime Minister was told that the project was conceived in 1994 but ground breaking was done in 2007. Prime Minister was told that 98% of civil works and 98% of hydrant refuelling systems is completed.
He was told that 55% of work on ATC has also been completed. Prime Minister inquired about reasons of delay and cost over runs and directed for investigation of the matter. Prime Minister was told that the existing monitoring system has been strengthened.
Earlier Prime Minister visited different sections and areas of under construction Airport. Prime Minister was also shown the halls containing shopping areas.
PM also inspected runway, domestic and international, arrival and departure halls. At this occasion Prime Minister was told that the Airport will cater for 15 million passengers in a year. It will have 15 boarding bridges and will be able to handle 400,000 metric tons of cargo.