Kolkata's international airport- a clean and green facility
Feb 18, 2020
Kolkata (West Bengal), Feb 18 (ANI): A modern architectural masterpiece, the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (NSCBIA) in Kolkata is equipped with world-class facilities. Built in 2013, the integrated terminal handles 22 million passengers annually. The NSCBI A is the fifth busiest airport in the country and is a major centre for flights to Northeast India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China and Southeast Asia. Managed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), it was awarded 'Best Improved airport' in the Asia-Pacific Region in 2014 and 2015 by the Airport Council International. It is equipped with all facilities and amenities for passengers of all age groups. The AAI has taken special measures to keep the airport clean, hygienic and passenger friendly. The AAI introduced Mechanised Environment Support Services (MESS) by engaging an experienced housekeeping agency to keep the airport clean. Floor cleaning is done by mechanical equipment while high lift platforms and articulated boom lifts are used for cleaning of glass façade and ceiling of height upto 27 meters. Be it toilets, cafeteria and dustbins at passengers' waiting area – all efforts are taken to maintain hygiene at the airport. The airport has taken several pro-green initiatives like doing away with single use plastic, installation of PET bottle crushing machines and using sensor based energy saving electrical fixtures and systems in the terminal. Another such measure includes generating a major part of its power requirement from sustainable sources. The airport has a 15 MWp ground mounted solar installed capacity and 2 MWp rooftop mounted solar plant. The Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport recently entered Level 1 mapping of the institutionally endorsed carbon management certification standard for airports.