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Razing of terminal 2A begins at airport

The Mumbai International Airport limited on Tuesday started the demolition of terminal 2A in the international wing of the airport.

The Mumbai International Airport limited (MIAL) on Tuesday started the demolition of terminal 2A in the international wing of the airport. The demolition work comes in sync with the airport’s overall development plan. According to the plan,the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) will have an integrated domestic and international terminal by 2013. But work on the new terminal building will only begin after three months – the time required to raze terminal 2A— according to MIAL,the private redevelopers.

“The CSIA being a constrained airport and having less than 1000 acres of land for operational purpose,there is no vacant land available for constructing a new terminal building. Hence,the MIAL will demolish the existing international terminal in phases and construct the new terminal,” said a release by MIAL.

Also,according to MIAL,the demolition crusher machine — a Volvo EC460 LC — that has been brought to demolish the terminal complex is among the fastest heavy earthmovers in the world and also has an inbuilt water sprinkler to keep a check on rising dust levels during the demolition work. “The high capacity machine has a maximum height of 27 metre or 90 feet. The entire demolition work is expected to take three to six months,” said the the release.

Redevelopment work of the Mumbai airport was awarded to the GVK Industries — an Andhra Pradesh headquartered entity with an asset base of about Rs 50 billion with primary interests in Infrastructure and Urban Infrastructure projects — backed consortium in 2006. The total estimated project cost,according to MIAL,is about Rs 9800 crore. However,the magnanimity of the project also lies with the problems that the airport faces in terms of its redevelopment.

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The airport has very limited scope as it is landlocked from all sides and has an operational area of only 900 acres. Moreover,adding to the airport developer’s woes,the problem of 275 acre encroached land that surrounds it still remains unresolved.

First published on: 07-01-2009 at 00:27 IST
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