Now the city of dreams will also boast of a dream airport terminal. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurated the new integrated terminal T2 at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport or the CSIA. After the privatisation of Mumbai airport was announced in 2006, it was handed over to a GVK-led consortium for upgrade and modernisation. The space-constrained airport had little air side space due to slum dwellings.
It was a challenging project for GVK as it was one of the few live airports to undertake additional construction. It is difficult to engage in building work while airport operations continue. Built at an estimated project cost of Rs 12,500 crore, the rebuilt airport will shortly throw open its gates for domestic and international passengers. The terminal buildings are easily one of the swankiest in the country.
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Here is why the T2 terminal is unique:
1. The terminal is a four storey building which will be able to handle a maximum of 40 million passengers annually. In a congested city with continous traffic snarls to avoid delays, passengers have access to the terminal through a dedicated elevated six lane expressway.
2. The airport sprawls over 42 lakh sq mtrs of terminal space.