BENGALURU: To widen the main access road (MAR) of Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) from the existing four lane to 10, a 1.4km MAR stretch will be closed for two years from June 10.The MAR links the trumpet interchange to the airport terminal. Following the closure, traffic will be diverted to a new six-lane (three each in two directions) south access road (SAR), built parallel to the existing MAR. Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) announced the roaddiversion details on Thursday. Vehicles coming to the airport will turn right at the first roundabout after the trumpet interchange and enter the SAR to reach the terminal. Vehicles heading out of the airport from the departure gates will follow the existing exit path from the terminal and head towards P6 parking bay to reach the SAR. Vehicles returning from the arrival gates will continue using the existing route towards SAR. The widened MAR is expected to reopen in early 2021. To manage increasing cargo traffic, a secondary road leading to the cargo terminals will be widened to four lanes later this year. The trumpet interchange, too, will be expanded – from the existing three to five lanes on either side, without disrupting traffic. Owing to a sharp rise in passenger volumes and cargo transportation, vehicular movement at KIA has seen a surge. To cater to this growth, BIAL has invested Rs 13,000 crore to construct terminal 2, a second runway, and other associated projects.
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June 6, 2019
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