Chennai, Sept 28 (PTI) A new terminal with a parking bay for aircraft and a multi-level car parking facility would be set up at a cost of Rs 2,500 crore under phase II of the Chennai airport modernisation programme, an AAI official said Friday. Also Read - Fire Breaks Out in Chennai as People Burn Crackers in Response to PM's Call, No Deaths or Injuries Reported

“We are going to develop a new terminal at a cost of Rs 2,500 crore and it will be ready in 42-45 months. That is our anticipation”, Airport Director, Airports Authority of India (Chennai), G Chandramouli, told reporters. Also Read - Coronavirus in India: Another COVID-19 Patient Dies in Maharashtra, Death Toll in State Rises to 21 | Highlights

He said passenger traffic has witnessed a 20 per cent growth in the last three months and if this trend continued, the existing terminal would not be able to handle it. Also Read - Viral: Police Dresses up as Coronavirus to Create Awareness in Chennai | Watch

The new terminal, coming up under the Phase II modernisation programme, would be able to handle the increase in arrivals and departures, he said.

Asked how funding for the modernisation programme would be done, AAI, Member (Finance) S Suresh said 60 per cent would be from borrowings and 40 per cent through internal resources.

“With regard to the borrowings, AAI will study the market before deciding whether to go for project loans or for an issue through domestic bonds,” he said.

Suresh pointed out that the union government had last week approved Rs 9,430 crore to be taken as loan in the next five years, for modernisation of airports.

“For this fiscal, they have sanctioned Rs 1,500 crore”, he said.

To another query, Chandramouli said, demolition of the existing domestic terminal has been completed to an extent.

“Larsen and Toubro have started excavation work. Site preparation has started. Getting approval from the State Pollution Control Board is in final stages”, he said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.