The air traffic control (ATC) tower at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) will begin operations from January 1. With a height of 83.8m, quite like a 30-storey building, the new ATC tower is the tallest in India.
It will be a pre-cursor to the opening of the much-awaited Terminal 2, which will be thrown open to the public later this month.
According to the airport operator, the tower is equipped with electronic flight strips (EFS) that will reduce workload of the tower controller, enhance safety and overall capacity of the airport.
“The location and height of the new tower will enable tower controllers to have an unobstructed view of the operational area, which will help in optimising air traffic separation and increase traffic handling capacity,” said an airport official.
The new tower was officially inaugurated on October 18. The air traffic controllers and others responsible for its operation were being trained and later a parallel operation was being run from the new tower with backing from the existing one.
Following the operation of the new ATC tower, the new Terminal 2 will become operational this month. expected to be inaugurated by Prime minister Manmohan Singh.
Terminal 2 will be a state-of-the-art, four-level, integrated terminal with an area of over 4.39lakh sqm.