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Mumbai bets on airport revamp to boost global standing

Published on Jan 10, 2014 2:14 PM

MUMBAI (AFP) - Mumbai will unveil its lavish and long-awaited new airport terminal on Friday, part of a US$2 billion revamp that aims to challenge India's reputation for shoddy infrastructure and boost the financial capital's status.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the terminal in the city's north, more than a year after its initial scheduled opening.

With a design inspired by the peacock, the national bird, the new terminal for both international and domestic flights boasts India's largest public visual arts programme, largest car park, a new six-lane elevated road to ease traffic and 140 immigration counters.

A vast improvement on its congested and uninspiring predecessor, the terminal has however been years in the making and illustrates some of the difficulties of executing megaprojects in India.

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