Mumbai’s swanky Terminal 2 ready

T2, which is part of MIAL’s Rs 12,500 crore modernisation project,
will increase annual passenger handling capacity to 40 million
from 32 million and double aircraft parking stands to more than 100.

A few months after the GVK-led consortium that runs Mumbai International Airport took the decision to build a new terminal to expand the congested facility in early 2007, its managing director Sanjay Reddy sat in his plush Hyderabad office looking at initial sketches of the planned structure.

The blueprint had been prepared by New York’s Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), designers of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa and Chicago’s Willis Tower, both the tallest buildings in the world at completion. Reddy wasn’t happy with cuboid glass and steel designs. He wanted something ‘Indian’ and efficient enough to double passenger capacity in a limited space. Seeing that SOM’s designers had little experience of Indian construction and architecture, Reddy and his wife took them on a 15-day tour of the country.

Full report here Economic Times


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