BENGALURU: The busy main access road to the passenger terminal of the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) will be closed for traffic for two years from Monday (June 10). The airport operator, Bangalore International Airport (BIAL), has taken steps to divert the traffic to the six-lane south access road (SAR), while the 1.4-km main access road will be widened from four lanes to 10 lanes as part of the ongoing infrastructure development. The new six-lane (three each) SAR runs parallel to the main access road. The closure is unlikely to disrupt the movement of traffic, but commuters may have to travel at least a kilometre more to reach the terminal. The airport, the third-busiest in the country, caters to about 90,000 passengers daily. ROUTE CHANGES Vehicles coming to the airport will turn right at the first roundabout after the Trumpet Interchange and enter the SAR to reach the terminal (refer to the map). Vehicles heading out of the airport from the departure gates, will follow the existing exit path from the terminal and head towards P6 parking to reach the SAR. Vehicles returning from arrival gates will continue using the existing route towards SAR. While the main access road is expected to reopen in early 2021, the BIAL has also planned to widen a secondary road leading to the cargo terminals to four lanes. The Trumpet interchange, too, be will be expanded from the existing three to five lanes on either side without causing any disruptions to traffic movement, officials said. The road development plan is part of BIAL’s Rs 13,000-crore expansion project that involves constructing a second terminal, a second runway and building an underground road.Bengaluru airport is the first Greenfield airport in India to be built as a private-public partnership. While private promoters hold 74% (Fairfax 54% and Siemens Projects Ventures 20%) stake in BIAL, the government holds the remaining 26% (Karnataka State Industrial & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited – 13%, Airport Authority of India – 13%).
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