Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the glitzy Terminal-2 of the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru. Nicknamed “Terminal in a garden”, this eco-friendly facility has been built largely using bamboo and will cater to 2.5 crore passengers annually. The estimated construction cost for this terminal is around ₹5,000 crore
“The T2 is an architectural wonder, which is a first-of-its-kind ‘Terminal in a Garden’. It will have lush greenery within and outside and will be a visual delight like no other in the world. The passengers’ experience is designed to be a walk in the garden while traveling through the new terminal,” KIA official said as reported by PTI. One of the biggest attractions is the hanging garden.
“The theme of ‘Naurasa’ unites all the commissioned artworks for Terminal 2. The artworks reflect the heritage and culture of Karnataka as well as the broader Indian ethos,” it added.
Bangalore Airport Terminal 2 – Design & Status
Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport is undergoing a major expansion project which will see a new Terminal 2 (T2) and a second runway (commissioned in 2019) in Devanahalli, Karnataka.
Terminal 2 is to developed in 2 phases to handle 25 million passengers per annum in Phase 1 and 45 million passengers per annum in Phase 2. It’s been designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) architects and its civil construction contract was awarded to Larsen & Toubro with a value of approximately Rs. 3000 crore.
Phase 1 Expansion
Phase 1 of Bangalore Airport’s Terminal 2 is was inaugurated on November 11, 2022 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It will open for operations in January 2023.
- Estimated Cost: Rs 13,000 cores
- Built-up Area: 255,000 sq.m
- Opening: October 2022
The project is founded on four pillars: technological leadership, the idea of a terminal in a garden, environmental and ecological stewardship, and a celebration of Karnataka’s rich heritage and culture.
The new terminal, unofficially called Garden Terminal will feature trees, small gardens, and ponds with local species of plants. Passageways throughout the terminal will connect the passengers with nature. The ceiling at the entrance, check-in, and security area will feature hanging planted bells.
The new terminal will also feature a large indoor garden with rammed-earth walls and waterfalls, which will act as a gateway into the densely-landscaped retail area. The three-storeyed forest belt is set to offer a unique outdoor experience for arriving and departing passengers. It will be well connected to the shopping area. The forest belt will be viewable from all main indoor spaces.
Kempegowda International Airport Terminal 2 expansion project includes a include a new multi-level car parking area and a multi-modal transport hub (MMTH) from where riders can board a Blue Line metro train (metro project’s Phase 2B) to connect to and from Bengaluru city.
|Security Check lanes
|Customs Hand bag inspection lanes
|Baggage Claim Belts
|Customs Red Lane Inspection Counters
The project also consists of a CAT IIIB compliant runway, parallel taxiway, partial second parallel taxiway, runway connecting taxiways, taxiway links, cross-field taxiways to connect to the existing airfield, a partial second parallel taxiway to the existing runway, Ground Service Equipment underpass, Eastern Access Underpass Tunnel, and the terminal T2 apron.
The Eastern Access Underpass Tunnel will be the first tunnel in the country open for vehicular traffic passing underneath an active taxiway.