Mumbai: Mumbai, the financial capital, can now boast of an airport at par with the best in the world. From gardens and fountains to multi-level car parks, the Terminal-2 at GVK Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport has much to show off. The state-of-the-art T2 is an integrated four-level terminal spread over 4.39 lakh square metres that can accommodate over 40 million passengers per year.
It will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday but will be open to public in a few weeks.
Project Head and Senior Vice President GVK Chanderbhan Manwani said, "This airport has set its own benchmark. People will measure other airports in comparison with Mumbai now."
For passengers complaining of immigration delays at the old international terminal's 80 immigration counters, T2 has 140 counters. With a larger waiting area, crowding too will be reduced and the multi-level car parking is another feather in its cap. Space for over 5000 vehicles, the nine-storeyed car park is one of the biggest in the country.
Chanderbhan said, "There are three floors underground and six floors overground in the car park. The roof of the car park has a green space, that is the largest open garden in Mumbai."
T2 has 37 travelators, 48 escalators and 72 elevators to aid those who fret over rushing to take connecting flights. T2 in fact has India's tallest airport escalator that stands at 11.6 metre.
From 2,300 CCTV cameras to a Fire Alarm System that comprises of 70,000 detection devices with 400 kms of cables along T2 to the security check in counters being placed even before the immigration area, great stress has been laid to ensure safety and security at terminal.
Senior Vice President (Infrastructure & Construction), L&T, SN Subrahmanyan, said, "There are 3000 cameras, hundreds of cables. One can go on with the statistics."
A 6-lane elevated road will lead passengers from the Western Expressway to T2 cutting down on travel time. When fully functional domestic flights too will be shifting to the terminal.
For now, all set to handle international flights in the next few weeks, Mumbai awaits its newest landmark.