Passengers at Chennai airport will now get a glimpse of the state’s culture as the interiors of the new integrated terminal is decorated in sync with traditions of music, classical dance forms and other art. The Airports Authority of India has started the interior works of the terminal, such as ceiling, panelling and painting the structures between international and domestic terminals.
The floor and ceiling designs of the terminal will have Tamil Nadu’s traditional kolam/rangoli designs incorporated with them. The pillars are coloured to give an effect of trees. “Work has begun to install kolam pattern on the interior roofing at the baggage claim area of the arrival terminal on the ground floor. Murals and wall art featuring scenes from ancient folklore made of traditional materials and done by artisans will soon come up,” TOI quoted an unnamed official of Chennai airport.
The terminal roof is given a wavy pattern representing the dance form Bharatnatyam and plenty of significance is given to the aesthetics. The new integrated terminal is expected to be completely operational by June 2022. Once completed, the terminal can handle more than 30 million passengers a year.
New baggage drop kiosks will solve long queues at Chennai airport
The new integrated terminal is being built now as part of phase II modernisation of Chennai airport. There will be five to six baggage drop kiosks and check-in counters.
The baggage drop kiosks will solve the issues of passengers standing in a long queue to finish the check-in and drop the baggage. “Usually, the queues in the international terminal takes some time to get cleared, and passengers have to stand for long. One of the primary reasons is that those who travel abroad have quite a lot of baggage, and this process becomes a time-consuming one at the check-in counters,” The Hindu quoted an official.
Passengers can complete check-in and baggage drop-off swiftly once the baggage kiosks are operational, then proceed to the remaining security and immigration procedures. The terminal will be significantly less congested as a result of the new arrangement. At the counters, staff will be present to assist the passengers. The 2,000-crore terminal has been under construction for several years.