Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the glitzy Terminal 2 at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru, an eco-friendly facility built at around Rs 5,000 crore largely out of bamboo. Dubbed “Terminal in a Garden”, the new KIA infrastructure will handle 2.5 crore passengers a year, KIA officials said. ”The T2 is an architectural marvel, which is a one-of-a-kind ‘Terminal in a Garden’. It will have lush vegetation inside and out and will be a visual delight like no other in the world. The passenger experience is designed to be a walk in the garden while traveling through the new terminal,” another KIA official said. A big draw of Terminal-2 will be its “hanging garden”, according to him. A statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office said that Terminal-2 is designed as a tribute to the garden city of Bangalore and the passenger experience is meant to be a “walk through the garden”.
“Passengers will travel through more than 10,000 square meters of green walls, hanging gardens and outdoor gardens. The airport has already set a benchmark for sustainability with the use of 100% renewable energy across the campus,” the statement read.
The facility was created with sustainability principles woven into the design. Based on the sustainability initiatives, Terminal-2 will be the largest terminal in the world to be pre-certified platinum by the US GBC (Green Building Council) before the start of operations, the statement said.
“The theme of ‘Naurasa’ brings together all the artworks commissioned for Terminal 2. The artworks reflect Karnataka’s heritage and culture as well as the wider Indian ethos,” he added. .
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