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Navi Mumbai – A Lotus inspired project

The Navi Mumbai International Airport was proposed as a Greenfield airport project to serve as the second International airport for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), to be operated alongside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA).

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City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd. (CIDCO), the development authority of Navi Mumbai was also appointed the nodal agency by the government of Maharashtra to undertake the development of the Greenfield international airport under the public private partnership (PPP) framework.

Accordingly, a tender was floated by CIDCO in May, 2016 to the prequalified bidders for the development of the Airport under PPP framework and Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) emerged as the successful bidder and consequently, was issued the letter of award in October, 2017.

A new company, Navi Mumbai International Airport Private Limited (NMIAL), a subsidiary of MIAL, was granted the exclusive right and authority for development of the Airport under PPP on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis, pursuant to the concession agreement dated January 08, 2018 entered into between CIDCO and NMIAL.

The Masterplan for NMIA was planned to be implemented in four phases, in line with the projected passenger traffic figures and with two parallel runways capable of simultaneous operations.

NMIA would ultimately serve 90 million passengers per annum. It was planned with dual entrances - from the West as well as from the East, with high speed Expressway, Suburban rail, Metro and water transport connectivity.

The western and northern part of the airport was planned for passenger related facilities and supporting airport uses, while the eastern part of NMIA provided access for cargo, MRO and General Aviation, thus segregating vehicular traffic between the two entrances.

The Central Terminal Complex was to be connected by 9+9 lanes planned along a beautifully landscaped main airport access road. It would be the heart of the Navi Mumbai International Airport, a cluster of three interconnected multilevel terminals, planned around a landscaped central forecourt with a multimodal transportation hub.

The passenger terminal was designed to welcome travellers with flowing forms of its grand entrance, providing an exciting start to their journey. Designed with simplicity in mind and organized on two floors with very few level changes, this created a compact terminal with minimized walking distances through intuitive way finding. The piers of departure gates were designed without the need for vertical transport systems.

As one departed through the terminal, the lotus petals would slowly reveal themselves, capturing the discerning travellers in awe. Inspired by the beauty of the lotus, an uplifting architecture would accompany passengers through a fluid sequence of spaces, bathed in sunlight. The elegance of the building evoked the culture of India, blending it with futuristic features, thereby establishing a new standard in terminal design.

In 2021, GVK exited the Airports space after having created iconic, monumental landmarks in Indian Aviation at Mumbai, Bangalore and Navi Mumbai.

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