The financial capital can now boast of an airport at par with the best in the world, from gardens and fountains to multilevel car parks, the T2 at GVK Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport has much to show off. Chanderbhan Manwani, Project Head- Senior Vice President GVK told CNBC- TV18, “This airport has set its own benchmark. People will measure other airports in comparison with Mumbai now.”
The T2 has come up at a whopping investment of Rs 9,800 crore as against initial projection of Rs 7,452 crore. The sprawling premises boasts of tens of thousands of artifacts and paintings, housing arguably one the largest collections in the world at an airport. The most attractive feature of the swanky terminal is the museum of artifacts.
Stretching along a 3-km art wall, the museum houses over 7,000 artifacts collected from over 1,500 artists across the country.
With 272 skylights covering over 30000 sq. m the Head House Roof resembles a diamond studded jewel. Glass curtain walls and multi-level light wells provide ample natural light while the 77,000 plants of 80 species reduce solar heat gain. Designed by Sandeep Khosla and Abu Jani, the 946 handcrafted chandeliers at T2 though have procured from Czech Republic are inspired by the lotus flower. But it is the 3 km art wall that is sure to draw the most eyeballs. Over 1500 artists have put together this display called the Jaya He program.
While a GVK-led consortium bagged the contract for Mumbai airport, the Delhi airport went to a GMR-led entity. Even after privatisation, the state-run Airports Authority of India hold 26 per cent stake each in these two airports. The state-of-the-art T2 will be larger than Singapore’s Changi T3 (3.80 lakh sqm) and London’s Heathrow T5 (3.53 lakh sqm). It will be able to accommodate 9,900 passengers during peak hours. It has a 7-lakh sq ft area of retail space, lounges and travel services. The Rs 12,500-crore modernisation and development work of the Mumbai airport actually began in 2008 and was scheduled to be completed in 2010. Of the four-level terminal, level 1 will be used for ground transportation and 2 for arrivals. Level 3 will have domestic security and retail space, while level 4 is meant for common international and domestic check-ins, international security and retai
As far as facilities are concerned, the terminal will have 188 check-in counters, 60 immigration sites for departing passengers and 76 immigration counters for incoming fliers. Also, passengers will have access to 47 escalators and 73 elevators. The facilities also include 52 boarding gates, around 11,000 seats, 101 toilets, 44 travelators, 16 lounges, and 10 baggage carrousels, among others. The multi level car park is another feather in its cap. Space for over 5,000 vehicles, the 9 storeyed car park is one of the biggest in the country. “There are three floors underground and six floors overground in the car park, the roof of the car park has a green space that is the largest open garden in Mumbai,” Manwani told CNBC- TV18. From 2300 CCTV cameras to a Fire Alarm System that comprises of 70,000 detection devices with 400 km of cables along T2 to the security check in counters being placed even before the immigration area, great stress has been laid to ensure safety and security at T2. (Business Standard)