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Japan,Sri Lanka : COLOMBO signed funding deal with JICA to expand its main international airport in KATUNAYAKE.

Sri Lanka has accomplished the signing of an agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to secure Rs 56 billion (45.5 billion yen) in funds from the Japanese donor to support the upgrading of its main international airport in Katunayake.

In a statement, the JICA has revealed that Sri Lanka has plans to expand its Bandaranaike International Airport, which is operating above capacity, with the construction of a new passenger terminal complex and this will allow it to have a capacity to manage 15 million passengers per annum as well as alleviate overcrowding in the airport facility.

The Bandaranaike International Airport, with designed handling capacity of 6 million passengers per year, has managed 8.5 million passengers in last year 2015.

JICA disclosed, BIA receives 28 airlines serving some 45 destinations.

It added, The BIA experiences congestion during peak hours thus causing hardship to passengers and airliners and the new passenger terminal building is greatly awaited.

The JICA has inked that the concessionary loan agreement with the Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited.

The Japanese Agency revealed, In order to promote technology transfer and economic cooperation between Sri Lanka and Japan, JICAs loan is provided under the Special Terms for Economic Partnership, with 0.1% p.a. interest and 40 year repayment period.

The JICA loan will facilitate the construction of a new multi-level terminal building (Terminal 2) with a floor area of almost 180,000 m2, having vertically divided areas for arrivals and departures, and, will comprise two pier buildings - Pier 2 & Pier 3.

The JICA revealed, The new terminal would be designed for the provision of barrier free access with many environmentally friendly initiatives.

There is also provision for a new remote apron with 23 aircraft parking stands and three stub taxiways.

The new terminal building will have another 96 check-in counters, plus eight baggage claim belts, as well as seven baggage make-up carousels, plus 16 contact boarding gates with 28 Passenger Boarding Bridges, in addition to six bus gates.

JICA stated, The project would be developed based on the concept of Eco-Airport with Japanese advanced technology and know-how.

As per the plan, there will be rain water harvesting to carry out landscaping works, while the recycled water from the sewerage treatment plant will be used for a number of purposes like toilet flushing, photovoltaic (PV) power production, as well as deployment of solar energy, LED lighting, and energy efficient glazing.

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