A new project of Airport near Tarnol is under construction. It touches the ropes of Fateh Jang near Taxila. The Benazir Bhutto air port that is currently near to Islamabad expressway will be given to the Air force after the completion of this million dollar project. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2013 but its in the news that in December 2012 , The Airport would be able to handle the cargo services and they might start this service in December. The project is indeed an expensive one but due to this project several hundred projects came into being like linking it to the roads of Islamabad , Making Islamabad highway to handle the heavy traffic due to this project. The Airport does not exactly lie in Islamabad, it lies 35 km away from zero point Islamabad. The air port is worth 50 billion rupees. This 50 billion project is being constructed on a fast track, will accommodate 25 million passengers a year – equal to that at Dubai airport (Highest among Asian countries).
Currently there is only one to access this new Airport and that is The famous Kashmir Highway , It took us almost 45 minutes to reach Fateh Jang road on car. CDA and CAA are currently working on Kashmir highway again by constructing it. Their goal is to cut the 45 minutes distance into a 15 minutes drive through this highway. The part that is considered to constructed ,starts from Islamabad Zero point to Grand Trunk road. At the time being , when you climb to the Kashmir highway from Zero Point , it is a very wide road but when you go on , the road gets narrower and narrower. It starts from 5 lane road and ends on 2 lane road. It is expected to be a 3 billion rupees project. There is another way of access that is motorway (M2).
This new Kashmir highway will be the future of Islamabad because there are minor projects of trading markets and wholesale markets near new Benazir Airport Islamabad going on. So this highway will only be the way to access them. Kashmir highway also provides an access to the famous Diplomatic enclave of Islamabad. All the embassies lie there. According to CDA , an interchange will be constructed on Kashmir Highway.
After our visit to the construction place , It seemed there are two or three runways that are completed and others are still under construction. Mr. Sumair Saeed, the general manager (E&M) of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) assured that more than 23 % work has been accomplished.
It is assured by authorities that new Airport would facilitate operation of A-380 flight, currently the biggest passenger plane. Only few countries have this facility. This new Airport would be a fantastic one in the country and will compete the other international Airport of the continent. So we can now consider Islamabad as a new trade hub of Pakistan.
The pictures are imaginary and computer generated , the original Airport would be close to these pictures.
We have got a very self explanatory promotional video of Benazir Bhutto Airport Islamabad :
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