The passengers at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), Bengaluru may soon witness robots handling the vehicle parking. The authorities of the airport are planning to commission a remote car parking facility at the airport. The system uses a hydraulic lift that will lift the vehicle at the entry point of the car parking space and shifts the car to an available parking slot without any human intervention.
To commence the deployment, Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has announced a Request for Quotation. Interested parties can submit the quotation for supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of Remote Car Parking facility.
The authorities expect to accommodate around 1600 cars in the proposed remote car parking facility. The presently available car parking of the airport can accommodate up to 2000 vehicles.
Besides establishing a remote car parking facility, the contractor who undertakes the work will also have to develop a system for dispensing the tickets, automatic boom barrier with RFID, loop detectors, etc.
The remote car parking system is in use at various airports across the world and is known to be one of the most efficient methods.
BIAL is currently constructing Terminal 2 to reduce the existing congestion of the airport. Terminal 2 will spread across 255,000 square metres and is conceived as a terminal inside the garden. Designed by a company called Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the Terminal intends to create a rich sensory experience for the travellers. There will be natural lights and vegetations not just beautifying the surroundings, but also works as a natural antidote to carbon emissions.
The first phase of Terminal 2 will be completed by 2021, and the complete project will be closed by 2025. Once completed, the Terminal will be capable of the handle around 65 million passengers.
Meanwhile, the passenger traffic at the airport has recorded a growth of 6.2% in May. Among the 2.91 million passengers in May, 2.49 million people accounted for domestic travel and 0.42 million were international passengers.
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