Ban­ga­lore set to get an iconic air­port ter­mi­nal

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BAN­GA­LORE In­ter­na­tional Air­port Ltd (BIAL) has chalked out an am­bi­tious ex­pan­sion plan for its Kem­pe­gowda In­ter­na­tional Air­port with a whop­ping in­vest­ment out­lay of Rs 13,000 crore.

Be­ing one of the sin­gle largest such in­fra­struc­ture projects cur­rently un­der­way in the coun­try, the new ex­pan­sions of the air­port will cater to the de­mands of a civil aviation mar­ket that has been grow­ing at a blistering pace of 25% year-on-year in the last three years. The ex­pan­sion pro­gramme would in­clude con­struc­tion of a new ter­mi­nal, a sec­ond runway, ex­pan­sion of ac­cess roads and in­ter­nal road in­fra­struc­ture, util­i­ties as well as a new multi-modal trans­port hub.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence here on Thursday BIAL MD and CEO Hari Marar said, “The sec­ond ter­mi­nal – T2 is our ded­i­ca­tion to this beau­ti­ful city of Ben­galuru. The ter­mi­nal, de­signed to be in a gar­den, will be a re­flec­tion of the city and will be built on 4 pil­lars: tech lead­er­ship, en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­log­i­cal stew­ard­ship and a cel­e­bra­tion of Kar­nataka’s rich her­itage and cul­ture.’’

As per Marar, BIAL worked with some of the finest global minds on the de­sign and plan­ning of this Ter­mi­nal. While T2 is de­signed to be an iconic ter­mi­nal — one that Ben­galuru can truly be proud of — it will be built at the most af­ford­able cost and in the most re­spon­si­ble man­ner. The Ter­mi­nal will be world-class in all re­spects — start­ing from its de­sign, the pro­cesses, the peo­ple who man­age it, the sus­tain­able prac­tices it em­braces and the per­for­mance it achieves, he said. “Over the last ten years, BLR Air­port has evolved as the Gate­way to South In­dia and with this next phase of ex­pan­sion, the aim is to po­si­tion our Air­port as the Gate­way to a New In­dia. Once ready, the Air­port will of­fer pas­sen­gers seam­less and de­light­ful ex­pe­ri­ences, pow­ered by cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy,” Marar added.

Bhaskar Anand Rao, Chief Fi­nan­cial Of­fi­cer, BIAL, said, phase 2 of Kem­pe­gowda In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Ben­galuru will pro­vide a huge boost to the con­nec­tiv­ity of peo­ple and goods and ser­vices and pro­vide the much needed ca­pac­ity that a grow­ing city like Ben­galuru de­serves. Once op­er­a­tional, the Air­port will cre­ate more op­por­tu­ni­ties for busi­nesses at the Air­port and fuel the eco­nomic growth of the re­gion and Coun­try.

Elab­o­rat­ing on the pas­sen­ger com­fort fea­tures, Tom Shim­min, Chief Project Of­fi­cer, BIAL, said: “De­signed to pro­vide the high­est level of pas­sen­ger com­fort and dra­matic vis­ual im­pres­sion, upon com­ple­tion, the new ter­mi­nal will sub­stan­tially in­crease the over­all ca­pac­ity of the Air­port. T2 is de­signed to re­tain sim­plic­ity and min­i­mal walk­ing dis­tances for the pas­sen­gers. With the use of a com­bi­na­tion of the lat­est in con­struc­tion tech­nol­ogy and nat­u­ral ma­te­rial, this Ter­mi­nal will es­tab­lish a new vi­sion for sus­tain­able growth. The new pas­sen­ger ter­mi­nal will cater to the spe­cific needs of the Air­port’s spec­trum of users and pro­vide a seam­less travel ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

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