The Mumbai airport's new Terminal or T2 is set to finally be inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday after a long wait of seven years.
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Spread across an area of over 1400 acres, the rebuilding of Mumbai's congested Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport cost more than ₹12,500 crores.
At one of India's busiest airports, the four-storey terminal has 188 check-in counters, 60 immigration counters for departing passengers, and 76 immigration counters for the arrival traffic.
Due to security purposes, the new terminal will keep a vigil at the annual 40 million passengers by at least 2300 CCTV cameras and 4100 public address speakers.
T-2 days Beautiful image of the Indian Flag at the New Mumbai international Airport T2. How majestic is this photo? pic.twitter.com/PcMhKKKl2h
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T2, which will mostly cater to International flight traffic, also has a 9 level car park to accommodate 5,000 vehicles. To give a whiff of the Indian culture, the X-shaped terminal boasts of a three-kilometre-long art walk with a white peacock theme.
Interestingly, the project was completed the same year as the assembly elections in the state, due in December.
The project is urgent for the ruling Congress in the Centre as it was crushed during the five state assembly polls last year in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram.