‘Reflection of true Tamil culture’: PM Modi unveils new terminal of Chennai Airport

Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, has inaugurated the state-of-the-art integrated terminal building of the Chennai International Airport in the state capital of Tamil Nadu in the presence of Mr. RN Ravi, Governor of Tamil Nadu, Mr. MK Stalin, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and Mr. Jyotiraditya M Scindia, Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Government of India on April 8, 2023. The new terminal is a striking reflection of the true Tamil culture, incorporating traditional features such as the Kolam, saree, temples, and other elements that highlight the natural surroundings”. “The wavy roofing of NITB replicates the pleated costume that fans out attractively during dancer movements of Bharatnatyam, the traditional dance form of the state,”, an official of Airport Authority of India said.

Prime Minister Modi called the new terminal “an important addition to Chennai’s infrastructure”. “It will boost connectivity and also benefit the local economy,” he wrote in a tweet. The T-2 terminal, Which was set up at a total outlay of Rs 2,437 crore is equipped with 100 check-in counters, which are split equally between arrival and departure areas; 17 escalators and elevators each is spread across 1,36,295  square meters, and would cater to the growing air traffic in Tamil Nadu is expected to enhance the Chennai airport’s passenger serving capacity from 23 million to 30 million per year

“With the annual passenger handling capacity of 35 million passengers, the modern facility at the Chennai Airport will improve air travel experiences for all,” the Ministry of Civil Aviation said. “It is also a reflection of the government’s commitment towards providing high-quality infrastructure to travellers,” the ministry said in a tweet.  According to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the new T2 terminal boasts a feature known as Skylight that will let natural light be harvested for lightning up the space inside the building. This reduces energy consumption and makes the space feel enlivening and airy,” The columns inside the new terminal are created to exude the visual effect of a palm tree, and the design of the roof is derived from the classical dance Bharatnatyam,

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