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There is urgency in the air as can be seen from the rash of airport project works taken up by the Airports Authority of India


While the completion of work at Bengaluru International Airport terminal, now dubbed Kempegowda International Airport, provided a much needed fillip for airport infrastructure in the country at the end of 2013, the launch of a swanky terminal, T2, at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, in Mumbai in mid January 2014 has proved to a shot in the arm for a city starved of not just good looking symbols but transportation facilities that could challenge the best in the world. As a tribute to that feel good spirit the following pages carry a photo report on the Rs 9800 crore four-storey glass marvel, whose design is inspired by a dancing peacock, a symbol of movement and life.


Assuredly therefore there is urgency in the air as witness the rash of airport project works taken up by the Airports Authority of India outside the metros. Here are some new opportunities.  


New Airports


ODISHA: The proposal to set up an integrated airport at Khurda near Bhubaneswar got a jumpstart with the airports body announcing that it would expedite the process of development. A four-member team of the AAI is expected to soon visit the site for pre-feasibility study. The Odisha government has identified 2000 acres of land, 40 km south of the state capital as suitable for an obstruction-free runway, space for an air traffic control (ATC) tower and for other attendant infrastructure

The airport is in close proximity to the proposed South City project along NH5 which is being developed by the Bhubaneswar Development Authority. In terms of land acquisition area belonging to about 20 villages, a large tract of cashew plantation belonging to the Orissa State Cashew Development Corporation, are being considered for the proposed international airport.


HIMACHAL PRADESH: With poor air connectivity and the absence of a facility of international standards at Shimla keeping away tourists to the beautiful Himalayan state the AAI has identified a site at Kandaghat near Solan along the Shimla-Kalka highway, as feasible for construction of a bigger airport.  However there are technical challenges to be addressed before submission of a final report, aver aviation officials. Among these are requirement of 3,500 bighas land while the current availability is only 1,200 bighas and the need to level hills in the surrounding region. Experts will soon be visiting the site for inspection. While the runway at the existing airports at Kangra and Shimla and Kulu are only equipped to handle small aircraft, the 2-2.5 km runway at Kandaghat, constructed by leveling a small mountain, is expected to enable the landing of larger aircraft.  The new international airport is likely to cost around Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 crore. The state government has been unable to take up the airport project on its own owing to financial constraints and the idea of the project to be pursued on a PPP model

has been mooted. The new airport is expected to offer opportunities for infrastructure developers in view of the fact that there has been a surge in foreign tourist arrivals over the past five years. While in 2005 2.07 lakh foreign tourists arrived in the state, the number went up to 4.85 lakh in 2011.


Runway Boost


MADHYA PRADESH:  In view of the need to bolster airport infrastructure it has been decided to extend the runway at Indore Airport by 500 meters. The current runway is 2750 metres long and 45 metres wide. Further with Madhya Pradesh’s commercial capital growing at a very fast pace a need was felt to develop an alternate route connecting the Indore airport with the eastern part of the city which has witnessed significant development in the past decade. A four-lane road has been proposed to be constructed to connect airport with the Super Corridor.


TAMIL NADU: Meanwhile in Coimbatore, the Airports Authority of India's plans to acquire 1566 acres as part of the airport expansion plan, has run into trouble with local residents launching an agitation against the move. The view is that if the new proposal is approved several buildings including thousands of houses would have to be cleared for the runway. The original plan requires only 613 acres and presently the state government has already notified around 120 acres. According to AAI, to cope with the future traffic demand there should be parallel runways. For this revised plan 1566 acres of land will be required. Both the farmers and industries have urged the governments to stick to the original plan as the new plan is not feasible and will invite public outcry and legal hurdles. Residents say it will not be possible for the authorities to clear thousands of houses, hundreds of acres of farmlands and other structures for the airport expansion. Moreover, with the Land Acquisition Act coming into force it is said that huge amount of compensation would have to be paid to the landowners making it impracticable.




LaGuardia Airport, New York, gets $3.6bn construction boost

A $3.6bn construction project involving building of a new Central Terminal Buildng at LaGuardia Airport, New York, is set to commence. The terminal, run by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will feature vast open spaces, restaurants, shopping plazas, amenities, new parking garages, free Wi-Fi and other support facilities and will handle about 17.5 million passengers a year by 2030. Companies have been asked to submit proposals by 15 April. The construction of the new terminal is likely to commence by the end of the year. The airport at LaGuardia has attracted low customer ratings owing to its poor facilities

GMR-Megawide consortium best bidders in Philippines airport project

GMR Infrastructure, which has been active in the international airports sphere, along with its consortium partner Megawide Construction, has reportedly submitted the best bid for a project to operate and upgrade the Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Philippines thanks to a $325.45 million premium which beat offers made by six other firms. The 25-year concession involves establishment and operation of one of the terminals. The GMR-Megawide consortium is looking to raise up to 70 per cent of the bid amount through capital markets during the first quarter of 2014, and the rest through a subsidiary. GMR, which will hold 40 per cent stake in the joint venture, has left its construction and project management imprimatur on airports in Delhi, Maldives and Turkey, and has never lost out on any airport bids in the PPP space.




Planeport Perfect


In Circa 2014 Urbs Prima in Indis has finally something that it can be justifiably proud of — an international airport that has not just raised global standards bar with its array of infrastructural facilities, but one which inspires poetry...    


THE recently launched GVK’s new integrated, state-of-the-art Terminal 2 at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) is an iconic global mega-structure expected to set global benchmarks in airport infrastructure development. Featuring a highly compact design by New York based SOM, CSIA will have the ability to handle 40 million passengers annually. The new integrated Terminal 2 will commence international operations from this month.


Terminal 2 is quintessentially Indian in its design and architecture. The design of the terminal draws its inspiration from the India’s national bird – Peacock, which represents flight and, most importantly, beauty. The roof has been sculpted with special dichroic lenses that move in accordance with the changing direction of the sun, reflecting onto the check-in hall flooring, an array of colors reminiscent of a peacock feather. Throughout T2, there are fixtures and details, such as 1000 chandeliers inspired by the lotus flower, a Diya curtain with 10000 diyas waiting to welcome international travelers and a check in hall inspired by 1000 white peacocks in the sky.


Traversing across four-levels, the vertical and compact design of T2 integrating all operations (International, Domestic, Cargo, Ground Handling, Security, Retail etc.) under one roof enables enhanced passenger servicing and operational efficiency of GVK CSIA.


The Rs 5,500 crore cost incurred by GVK in building T2 is lowest compared to similar airport projects in India as well as across the world. GVK constructed the new T2 in the same location of present international terminal without shutting down India’s busiest and land-locked city airport which is the most constrained airport in the world.


The new airport terminal is also home to India’s largest public art programme, in the form of a 3 km multi-story Art Wall, illuminated by skylights, that has over 7000 pieces of artwork and artefacts from Maharashtra and from every region and corner of India. Titled 'Jaya He' (Glory to India), it captures the expanse, depth and beauty of Indian art, craft and cultural heritage, while initiating the visitor into experiences that lie beyond and convey a distinctive narrative of India's incredible diversity, living in multiple centuries simultaneously.


G V K Reddy, Executive Chairman, Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd. (MIAL), said, “The opening of Terminal 2 is one of the most important milestones in the history of CSIA as well as Mumbai. It reiterates our commitment towards building a better India for the present as well as for future generations.”


G V Sanjay Reddy, Managing Director, GVK Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd. (MIAL), added “The new Terminal 2 at CSIA is a monument to the beautiful spirit of Mumbai and its people. The terminal will make CSIA a gateway to the city of Mumbai and India with international and domestic passengers. This is an airport that will redefine global benchmarks in aviation and airport development."


T2 Incredible Facts
  • 15-meter-tall cable-stayed glass wall—the longest in the world.
  • 11 acre long-span mega roof supported by only 30 columns.
  • 1.85 million sq. ft., of granite used which can cover 27 football fields.
  • 30,000 sq. ft. skylight glass used, enough to cover Wimbledon's Centre Court six times over.
  • 4 km of LED lighting used to illuminate façade.
  • 5200 car multi-level car park – the largest in the country.


T2 Highlights
  • Spans across 4.4 m sq. ft. area
  • Dedicated 6-lane, 3.2 km elevated expressway to shorten travel time
  • 208 check-in counters, 23 domestic and 30 international security pedestals
  • 60 emigration counters on departure; 72 on arrivals
  • 52 boarding bridges 
  • 10,900 seating capacity, 102 toilets, 161 elevators, escalators, travellators
  • Retail footprint of 200,000 sq. ft.
  • Lounges, 1 day hotel and 1 transit hotel
  • 10 Baggage carrousels, expandable to 14
  • Automated baggage system handling 9600 bags per hour
  • 90% passengers can be served by aerobridges
  • 200,000 sq. ft. landscaped garden
  • Flexible design for facilities to adapt to change in traffic pattern and peak time
  • Houses world’s largest art programme ‘Jaya He’
  • LEED Gold certified


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