Friday, January 22, 2010

Train to BIA: Speed to Terminal 2

Train to BIA: Speed to Terminal 2
R. JAYAPRAKASH
I DC BENGALURU


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The city's 33-km, Rs 6,000 crore High Speed Rail Link (HSRL) just got bigger. Days ahead of going public with a short-list of the bidders for the HSRL, it's been decided that the city's most prestigious connection to Bengaluru International Airport will end not at Terminal 1 but at Terminal 2 of the airport, with plans to dedicate one for domestic use, and the other for international travel.
The project is going through an alignment change and the new design with the changed alignment will be in the public domain within a fortnight, sources in the Infrastructure Development Department (IDD) said. ``Our earlier plan was to build an underground connect to Terminal 1. Now that BIA is keen on expansion, we are re-aligning it to the new terminal," he said, revealing that "BIA has planned a 90,000 sqft terminal building which will be `perpendicular' to Bellary Road.'' The IDD has gone back to the drawing board and is coordinating with the BIA on the changes. "Since we are providing two check-in counters, one at BRV Grounds on MG Road and the other at the Hebbal Transport hub, passengers can collect the boarding passes and enter the security check-in area. There is talk of dedicating Terminal 2 for domestic and Terminal 1 for International airline services. A skybridge will connect the two terminals," he said.

The High Speed Rail will be an elevated route all along MG Road till the Trumpet Interchange and will go underground at the Highway-airport junction.
The train will directly lead all the way to the Terminal 2 building. all aboard Two city terminals have been planned where air passengers can check-in and take boarding passes -- at Police Parade Ground near MG Road, and near Hebbal flyover on the right side of NH-7.

Cubbon Road CAT will be integrated with MG Road Metro station.

Parking facilities for over 1700 cars.

Transport hub at Hebbal station with parking facilities and integrated bus terminal.

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