The Mumbai Air Traffic Control Tower (ATC) tower is the tallest in India. At a height of 83.8 metres, it is as tall as a 30-storey building.
The tower will replace the old structure which some international carriers felt obstructed the flight path. The old tower will give way to rapid exit taxiways, thereby increasing operational efficiency.
Built on 2,800 sq mtr of land, the new ATC tower has a three-dimensional structure with three floors at the base and four at the top. The tower cost about Rs 125 crore, which has been borne by airport operator GVK along with consortium partners.
The new tower will provide five-mile clear visibility to controllers and is equipped with modern equipment such as Electronic Flight Strips, which will make monitoring of aircraft movement easier for controllers.
The tower is designed by International Consultants HOK and ARUP. Its centre is built in a "wishbone structure" which adds beauty and strength. The glass used in the tower has a visibility co-efficient higher than 50 and is designed to withstand high speed winds.
Nearly 500 employees spent over two million man hours to build the tower, which will be operational soon.
The new ATC tower will help Mumbai air traffic controllers handle 46 aircraft movements in an hour.
The building has already won the 2013 Outstanding Concrete Structure Award.