According to airport sources, BIAL had requested Modi to do the honors for the Rs 13,000-crore terminal. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has consented to announce the opening of the second terminal of the city’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in the first week of October.
Bangalore International Airport Ltd
The communication from the Prime Minister’s Office was sent to the airport operator, Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) on Wednesday.
Bangalore International Airport Ltd had invited Prime Minister Modi to do the honors for the Rs 13,000-crore airport. The exact date will be conveyed by the PMO shortly, a top source told me.
Bangalore International Airport Ltd authorities had informed TNIE recently that the second terminal will be announced openly in the final quarter of 2022. Bangalore International Airport Ltd had recently requested Proposals from qualified and experienced bidders for the inaugural launch event of the second airport.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
With Prime Minister Modi set to formally dedicate to the nation, the suburban railway project and the Sir M V Visvesvaraya Terminal on June 20, the airport terminal will be the third major infrastructure project to be announced open by him the city.
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The much-delayed ‘garden terminal’ is set to boost KIA’s passenger capacity by an additional 25 million annually, which is only phase I of the expansion project. An additional 20 million passengers per annum can travel when phase II is concluded.
KIA, the country’s third-biggest airport had recorded 33 million passengers in 2020 before Covid-19 struck. Labour lack and flying restrictions shrank patronage.
Terminal 2 will have a complete built-up area of 2.54 lakh sqm. All arrivals have been prepared on the ground floor while departures will happen on the first floor.
A lagoon with a big outdoor garden around it, a multi-modal transport hub, including Namma Metro, solar panels on the roof, artificial waterfalls, elevated walkways, and green seating areas are among its special features. While Larsen and Turbo are carrying out construction work, US architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is designing Terminal 2.
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