The under-construction terminal building at Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport in Agartala will become operational by the end of September, an Airports Authority of India (AAI) official has said.

The new terminal will have the capacity to handle nearly 1,200 passengers a day, nearly three times more than the existing facility, which currently handles 500 daily passengers.

The building will feature six bays, one hangar, 20 check-in counters, five customs counters and ten immigration counters. It will have an inline baggage system, a full-body scanner machine and a solar power unit.

In addition, it will be decorated with miniature sculptures of Unakoti’s Tripurasundari Temple.

Airports Authority of India regional director Sanjeev Jindal was quoted by the Press Trust of India as saying: “The Rs500 crore project for building the new terminal here would be completed within six months, well before the Durga puja. The terminal is being built up with latest technologies.”

Once the new terminal becomes operational, the existing one will be used for training purposes.

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The AAI official added: “The cargo facility at the airport will be a game-changer for farmers at Agartala, as the new airport will be exporting perishable items and airlifting the agri products.

“The scope is bigger and very optimistic for the airlines as it will have a maintenance, repair, operations shed for the airlines at the airport.”

Construction work on the project commenced in 2017.

Last August, AAI revealed its plan to invest Rs190bn ($2.67bn) to modernise the ailing airport infrastructure across the country.