The much-awaited Terminal 2 at Mumbai airport, which will be inaugurated on January 10, has been designed on the theme of ‘gardens in airport’.
About 5,000 square feet of landscape which covers arrival, departure, parking, shopping areas are green areas. The water fountains dotting the areas give a feel of serenity and space to passengers.
In contrast, the Bangalore airport, developed by the same operator, has been built as ‘airport in garden’, because the city is known as the city of gardens.
The officials involved with the development of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) said green cover starts with palm trees lined on both side of the elevated road connected to the airport. “The green plantation at the airport gives it a fresh look. Even some walls have got green plants embedded in shells,” said an official.
The multi-level car parking, which boasts of being the largest to be constructed at any airport in India, has also been spruced up.
The integrated Terminal 2 at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, popularly known as T2, has been termed the ‘new Gateway of India’. After its completion, T2 will be a state-of-the-art, four-level, integrated terminal with an area of over 4,39,000 square metres. It will include new taxiways and apron areas for parking aircraft that are designed to cater to 40 million passengers annually.
The airport is expected to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and its actual flights operation has been planned to start a few weeks later.