On January 10, a new Rs 5,500 crore (US$893m) state-of-the-art Terminal 2 was inaugurated at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) (IATA: BOM). The airport is managed by India’s GVK, which runs the facility in partnership with the Airports Authority of India as Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL).
A host of Indian dignitaries attended the inauguration, including the country’s Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh. The GVK/MIAL representation was led by its Executive Chairman, Dr G V K Reddy.
Designed by New York-based SOM, the new T2 was built over a period of four years, covers 101 acres (40.8ha) and is theoretically able to handle 40 million passengers per year. All operations are housed under one roof that traverses across four levels, thereby enabling: “enhanced passenger servicing and operational efficiency,” says GVK.
Speaking at the inauguration Dr Reddy said: “The opening of Terminal 2 is one of the most important milestones in the history of CSIA as well as Mumbai.
“It is my dream to create icons which will last for generations. Over the years, we have developed expertise in executing challenging and complex infrastructure projects.
“GVK’s vision is to be pioneer and best in all the sectors we operate in. GVK’s initiatives include setting up India’s first independent power plant, the first six-lane expressway and developing the first brownfield airport under the public private partnership model. We have raised our own benchmarks with every successive endeavour. Terminal 2 reiterates our commitment towards building a better India for the present as well as for future generations and this would not have been possible without the unstinted support of our partners, associates and all my colleagues.”