The new T2 terminal of the Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday unveiled the long-awaited new terminal.
MUMBAI: Mumbai unveiled its long-awaited new airport terminal yesterday, complete with a peacock-inspired design and huge art display, part of a lavish $2bn revamp that aims to challenge India’s reputation for shoddy infrastructure.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurated the new gateway to the financial capital, described by the head of the project as the “mother of all challenges”, partly owing to constraints on the land from the surrounding tightly packed slums.
Set to operate international and domestic flights, the terminal features 140 immigration counters, 94 security checking stations, India’s biggest car park and a new six-lane elevated road to ease access to the facility in the congested city.
It also boasts India’s largest public art programme, bidding to become the most visited museum in the world, with a three-kilometre-long display of 7,000 art works, Bollywood murals and even a wall plastered with cow dung. Singh said the terminal was “expected to establish new global benchmarks” for airports. “It also exemplifies our ability as a nation to build world-class infrastructure,” said the premier, whose embattled ruling Congress party is seeking to highlight its achievements ahead of national elections due by May.AFP