L&T arm to build Bengaluru airport’s second terminal

Bengaluru: Infrastructure major Larson & Toubro’s (L&T) buildings and factories business arm would build the second terminal of the Bengaluru international airport, said its operator on Wednesday.

“The Rs 3,036-crore order to construct the airport’s terminal-2 has been given to the Building & Factories Business of L&T,” said the operator Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) in a statement here.

The operator is a private-cum-public consortium of the decade-old greenfield Kempegowda airport at Devanahalli, 35km north of the tech hub.

“The terminal will augment the airport’s capacity by 25 million passengers per annum when completed by March 2021 to 45 million from 20 million presently,” said BIAL Chief Executive Hari Marar on the occasion.

The project work includes design, engineering, procurement, construction, testingAand commissioning of the terminal, integrating services and utilities of the airport’s systems, support facilities and buildings in terminal one.

The L&T arm is constructing the airport’s second runway, apron and auxiliary buildings.

“The repeat order is a measure of confidence our client has in us to deliver another airport project to international class and quality,” said L&T Chief Executive S.N, Subrahmanyan in the statement.

The US-based leading architecture and urban planning firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has designed the proposed terminal.

As the country’s third busiest after that of New Delhi and Mumbai, the Bengaluru airport handled 26.9 million passengers in fiscal 2017-18.

In all, 44 Indian and international airlines operate from the airport connecting 46 domestic and overseas destinations daily through the year.

In the consortium, Canada’s leading financial holding firm Fairfax holds 54 per cent equity, Siemens Projects Ventures 20 per cent, while the central and state governments hold 13 per cent each through state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Karnataka State Industrial & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (KSIIDC).