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Mumbai airport’s $890 million Terminal 2 soars high with splendor

Mumbai airport's Terminal 2

India has always been a country of contrasting means – where super rich reside beside the uber poor; where high-end technologies go hand in hand with ridiculously primitive mechanisms. And, now we are once again witness to the antithesis of gargantuan proportions, with the state-of-the-art renovation of Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, which by the way is surrounded by a sea of slums. The $890 million project undertaken by New York City-based Skidmore, Owings and Merrill architects (SOM) entails a whole new terminal with swanky features. These include – an expansive single roof that soars to a dizzying height of 40 m (around 130 ft), supported by the world’s longest cable stayed glass wall. And yes; Mumbai somehow always finds a way to pay homage to its thriving film industry – this time with the world’s largest public art program with an array of movie star murals.

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