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In pics: Mumbai`s new T2 terminal, a visual treat
09 Jan 2014 12:35 PM
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Mumbai, India's financial capital can now boast of an airport at par with the best in the world. The state-of-the-art T2 is an integrated four-level terminal spread over 4.39 lakh sq metres that can accomodate over 40 million passengers per year.

For passengers complaining of immigration delays at the old international terminal's 80 immigration counters, T2 has 140 counters. With a larger waiting area, crowding too will be reduced.

The multi level car park is another feather in its cap. Space for over 5,000 vehicles, the nine storeyed car park is one of the biggest in the country. There are three floors underground and six floors overground in the car park, the roof of the car park has a green space that is the largest open garden in Mumbai.

37 travelators, 48 escalators and 72 elevators aid those who fret over rushing to take connecting flights. T2 in fact has India's tallest airport escalator that stands at 11.6 m

From 2300 CCTV cameras to a Fire Alarm System that comprises of 70,000 detection devices with 400 km of cables along T2 to the security check in counters being placed even before the immigration area, great stress has been laid to ensure safety and security at T2.

Chanderbhan Manwani, Project Head- Senior Vice President GVK said, "This airport has set its own benchmark. People will measure other airports in comparison with Mumbai now."

A six lane elevated road will lead passengers from the Western Expressway to T2 cutting down on travel time. When fully functional domestic flights too will be shifting to the terminal.

Designed by architects SOM a white peacock theme runs through T2. Not only on its pillars or its roof, the design can be seen on every inch of the structure, even its carpet!

Designed by Sandeep Khosla and Abu Jani, the 946 handcrafted chandeliers at T2 though have procured from Czech Republic are inspired by the lotus flower.

The 3 km art wallthat is sure to draw the most eyeballs. From ancient Indian to contemporary styles, from installations to sculptures all find a place on the walls of what can be called India's largest public art gallery.

Over 1500 artists have put together a display called the Jaya He program.

All set to put Mumbai's airport on the world map, T2 has laid great focus on design and art.

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