BENGALURU: Today, airports understand that besides being a world-class infrastructure that provides optimum services to its passengers they should incorporate philosophies that ensure the long-term well-being of the community and environment around it.
As this change happens it also necessitates a shift in the approach towards sustainability of the airport and makes it imperative for the airport to relook at how it engages with the society, improve the communities around it and redefine how operations are done.
Embracing a green behavior has laid the foundation for the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru. In a way, this airport stands for Progress – not just as a sudden change – but as a long-term promise for the city. ‘Sustainable progress’ is a thought that sets the direction not just for the airport, but for the city.
The airport has implemented solutions to reduce their environmental footprint – improved on their energy efficiency, adopting renewable energy in its ground operations addressing the concerns of environmental impact. As a conscientious and responsible entity it shoulders the responsibility for the carbon emission at the airport and makes constant efforts to reduce the impact wherever it can.
Another extension of the airport’s green footprint includes the 100 acres landscape that it is surrounded with. With over 100 acres of green cover, 135 distinct variety of trees and plants and a hundred thousand square meters of lawn, the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru flaunts a spectacular landscape that is based on Bangalore’s reputation as Garden city.
The widespread landscape is also aimed towards maintaining ecological balance and minimizing adverse impact on environment, by controlling erosion and reducing loss of soils in waterways and also assists in reducing in evaporation and soil degradation. The green cover has been carefully selected to cover plants and trees indigenous to the region.
The ‘airport in a garden’ is not only captivating but also technologically progressive, with a well- equipped climate control green house for Indoor plants, a 5 acre plant nursery, open space for warehousing facility and a decentralized automatic irrigation system.
KIAB is equipped with a state-of-the-art 2 MLD (million litres per day) sewage treatment plant and a rain-water harvesting system that has ensured zero discharge and 100% recycling, complying with Karnataka State Pollution Control Board and Ministry of Environment & Forests norms.
The STP also facilitates 100% utilization of sludge, which is used as bio-fertilizers for over 100 acres of landscaped area. Additional efficiencies are achieved through the use of power-saving extended surface aerators that automate the process. The treated water is used entirely in-house, for landscaping, firefighting and HVAC after softening.
Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru takes pride in being socially and environmentally responsible. Two things it believes are intrinsically interlinked. The idea is to promulgate green in a way that lays the roadmap for sustainable development, growth and progress for the city.
The airport has ambitious plans where sustainability is concerned, one that has tangible outcome not just for the airport but to the city and the region it serves. A well-defined path has been chartered. As the airport work towards its goals, working in collaboration with its stakeholders and the community it serves it is excited about the road ahead. It is well on its way to being a role model for sustainable progress.
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