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BIAL's soft opening - photos!

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Update @ 2115 hrs;-
Welcome aboard praja folk, am blogging live from BIAL :-) Left home around 6:08 PM reached BIAL by 6:55 pm despite the rain and some road work going on, not bad at all, the last time i could do this distance in 45 min on a dry day. (was driving a maruti van max speed 70 kmph for 10 min)
On reaching here i saw the place filled with cops all over, sniffer dogs et al.
The airport looks nice when its litup. smiling faces all over, i got to speek to some airline staff who feel this is a good thing that happened to Bengaluru.
Including the press most of us are stuck at the arrival counter no access to the departure side or the tarmac, -- thanks CISF.
As am typing this i hear the announcement about the UDF payment. (in kannada / engilish / hindi)
the first flight is supposed to land around 2145 hrs its an AI IC 609 flight from mumbai A 320 flight
( it was supposed to be a jetair flight but i guess lots of things change we live in interesting times)
More updates as they happen.


Update
@ 22:40 hrs: the first flight has landed. Lots of
crowding around for taking pictures, and connectivity (I mean wifi) is
troublesome, so pictures will follow later.
First Flight AI Mumbai-BLR First Flight AI Mumbai-BLR

Update @ 00:45 hrs: Got a chance to talk to Mr Brunner an hour ago. Ended up making him uncomfortable by asking his opinion on RTI applicability on BIAL. Anyway. Right now, we are all still waiting for the first flight to depart. Running late I guess. No pictures yet, but BIAL will hand lots of pictures of first departure before I leave. So check back in the morning.

Update @ 03:45 hrs:
There was a small press conference and the crew that was going to take off to Singapore were on stage, all elated and the media were all flashes and clicks :-)Was waiting for an announcement that the AI flight to singapore would take off but i guess the coffee and chit-chat i had missed the announcement.

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tsubba's picture

woah yogi!! way beyond cool.

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woah! yogi awesome work. man this is something. live blogs from the airport!! way beyond cool, its frozen man!! and a millions thanks.
mailabode's picture

Thanks

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Hi Yogi. This is to let you know that your work at BIAL today is greatly appreciated. Thanks very much.

We eagerly await pics when possible.

kbsyed61's picture

Yogi ...........you heard my wish from USA

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Yogi,

Thanks a lot man. Don't have the words to describe my "Krategangallu".

Just I was on my way to Friday Prayers, was wishing for some body to give us the live updates. Here you are.

Thanks,

Syed

 

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Yogi updates ...

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We didn't really intend Praja to be a "journalistic" site. But if we can get 5 more photoyogis .. well, well. may be we can.

Yogi just called in to report that the first flight has landed. Lots of crowding around for taking pictures, and connectivity is troublesome right now (can't connect to wifi). So we should expect pictures only after he is back home.

And last, Yogi said that he is loving rubbing shoulders with the press there. And good # of them know Praja :)

Naveen's picture

P'Yogi - Great Work !

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This is amazing - we have our 'rep' at BIAL for the opening !

Terrific Photoyogi, & we are waiting to hear more from you after you get back home.

Cheers !!

 

tsubba's picture

this is just awesome

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you stole words from my mouth SB. this is way beyond. may his tribe increase. rofl @ connectivity. congrats bangalore!! middle of the night a new dawn for bangalore.
bangalore-guy's picture

Way to go, Yogi !!

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Great work, awaiting pictures !!

Nags123's picture

nice to see online report ..

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Hi,

Nice to see u r online report. Even BIAL new site  is not updated with arrival/departure details. (still shows arrival/ departure for Feb 8th) 

 

rgds

 

mailabode's picture

Their official opening

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Their official opening time is 00.01 hrs according to their website. Hopefully they'll post an update then.
shas3n's picture

Wow

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Photoyogi, what can I say? Thank you very much. Aap ka jawab nahin! -Shastri

-Shastri

hari's picture

Thank You

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Nice Work My friend.
sandeepmr's picture

Its almost time

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Its 00:00 and I guess the first flight should be ready to take off. Waiting for more updates, good work yogi.
Prash's picture

Simply Awesome - Yogi !

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 Coool work man ... We are all proud of you !

BTW, guys, the official website --> www.bengaluruairport.com has not been updated with the Live Arrival/Departure info [though it says it will be operational at 00:01 Hrs May 24th 2008] 

 

Cheers,

Prash

sandeepckeerthi's picture

You are the man

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I got home from work here in London and dashed to get onto Praja, Deccan Herald, Rediff, etc sites for the latest on the Bengaluru airport opening. Praja had it first! My wife thought I was crazy to try and get this news before I did anything else.., but than she does not know there exists Yogi..!

You are the man Yogi! Thanks a bunch for the report! Onward for more progress.., BMIC, EC Elevated Expressway, a hundred well designed Magic Underpasses and most important - the Metro next..! 

Photoyogi's picture

Thank you All!

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Just got home after dropping of a fellow photographer from mumbai - Vishal at Diamond District.

I was reading the comments, i must confess my throat had a thick feeling :-)
let me upload the pics and while thats happening will compose some sort of a report.
SB,TS and a call to all others on praja, I need help.. i need more guys who can cover stuff. its not to compete with the conventional media its to empower praja.

Thanks again am overwhelmed!

-- Praveen Sundaram AkA PhotoYogi

-- PhotoYogi

harishmrao's picture

I left everything.. came

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I left everything.. came running to lab first opened Praja.. and here I see Yogi sirs comment... Thank U again.

Miss u Banaglore.... I wish I would have been a part pf Praja...:(

Dream as high as u can, it takes u to ur goal.

Be what u are, not what other are.

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You did beat the press

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I ve been following the coverage for pretty much the whole day and your updates beat the press by a long way, just checked the pics too.

Waiting to fly back to Banglore soon!! Keep up the good work Praveen.

tsubba's picture

pravs right here

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right here. let me know if you need help. formating geermating i will do. no sweat.
mailabode's picture

Praveen, those image links

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Praveen, those image links youve posted above - does it have all the new BIAL pics taken today?. Thanks.
Photoyogi's picture

TS: Yes please!

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TS thanks would very much love to have your help could you please include the images in the post i will go ahead and upload more :-) 

-- Praveen Sundaram AkA PhotoYogi

-- PhotoYogi

Photoyogi's picture

Images at BIAL

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still uploading images will organise into a set and provide a link here soon
-- Praveen Sundaram AkA PhotoYogi

-- PhotoYogi

tsubba's picture

photoyogi's yoga

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photoyogi's yoga
check his album for more pictures






mailabode's picture

..BIAL photoyogi pics

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/photoyogi/2517524662/in/set-72157605216435740/

  Thanks for the pics. Please do get some pics during the day- of the entire terminal building- would be good if the pics were taken step by step in each of the 2  routes 1)departure and 2) arrival, with all the shopping areas, amenities available to the passenger. Thanks in advance.

 

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Dhanyavaadagalu!

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What more can I say - Its a great feat for Us Bangaloreans and I am so proud of it. Thanks a ton Mr Yogi :) you have done us proud on praja - I am sitting half way around the world and have been on Praja for the whole day... this was what I was waiting for.
Awesome !

blrsri's picture

soooper yogi

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This is really wonderful indeed..thanks for the ring view updates..
Nags123's picture

nice pics Praveen

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Nice pics praveen. Good to see BIAL airport opening without netas.
mailabode's picture

Request to Photoyogi

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Thanks for the pics PhotoYogi. Please could you get some pics during the day- of the entire inside of the terminal building.

Would be good if the Day pics were taken step by step (the same way a passenger would progress) in each of the 2 routes 1)departure and 2) arrival, with all the shopping areas, amenities etc available to the passenger(as in the Ground and First floor plans released by BIAL- links below). Such a sequenced photoset  would be very meaningful and will give a comprehensive idea about the airport. It would be of immense help if you could do this sometime - at your convenience. Thanks in advance.

http://www.bengaluruairport.com/bial_docs/docs/ground_floor.pdf

http://www.bengaluruairport.com/bial_docs/docs/first_floor.pdf

 

 

silkboard's picture

Nice pics, thanks!

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Sorry Yogi. Slept at 2, was tired. But thanks to the global reach of Praja, TS was around to help you.

Nice pics! Its like you made us feel we were right there for the opening.

Man, I am thinking that if "Praja" can realy get together, we can perhaps take on media as well. Seriously!

Those who are wondering how Yogi got to be there, BIAL had given "Praja" one 'press pass', and given that Yogi has been our 'journalistic' light for quite sometime here, he deserved to go.

So anyway, wohoo! First major infrastructure upgrade for Bangalore in 15-20 years, isn't it! We know its not perfect, could have been better etc.  But its a positive change. Never know how this thing will alter Bangalore's landscape. For a sample, we all saw how Bangalore got 3-4 underpasses (magic box) done in 5 months time. Compare that to years that regular flyovers have taken. Besides pressure on connectivity front, what else would BIAL do? Who knows, may be a new big job center North of Bangalore that would ride on proximity to the airport, as well as upcoming connectivity updates to that region.

We will keep watching, and keep the pressure up.

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Bangalore Landscape- Silkboard

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Lots of businesses that were supposed to set up shop in Bangalore had been going to Thailand etc for some years now due to the lack of a good airport and bad infrastructure. With the airport in place things will change appreciably anyway, and with better roads, rail and other infrastructure Bangalore will become very attractive and its landscape will change dramatically.

Nowdays it is- 'have the iinfrastructure and everything else will fall in place'.

Hopefully BIAL's precence will spurn many more developments in industry and infrastructure.

Photoyogi's picture

Reg Day pics

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Hi mailabode, Now with the CISF taken over and this structure, and it being red hot target of attention of sorts, I am not sure if more interior pictures is possible. lets hope more travellers take photos and put them up online and we can compair.

Honestly, the Praja visit to BIAL early march we had good access across the whole place (those pics are also online) that visit was super! as compared to now that the security measures are inplace.

-- Praveen Sundaram AkA PhotoYogi

-- PhotoYogi

idontspam's picture

Good updates

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Praja did have updates earlier than any other site. Thanks to the resident praja journalist Photoyogi.

While the idea of giving the regular newspapers a run for their money does sound good. I think Praja is doing fine in its own niche as a blog driven community, focussing on civic issues. These live blogs are a good way of using technology to cover events that relate to the niche but suggest not to deviate into something different. Newspapers and print media have a wider scope.

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Thanks Praja!

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I would like to add here, yesterday till bout 2 PM i was not sure i was on the list of people who would be allowed in. guess why?? I was told CISF had halfed the number of passes to be issued and even large media houses were going to be given limited passes, now they would care less to some internet based community right?!

Nevertheless I think the praja group has been recognised as a bunch of guys who are balanced and we have members who are for/against on most of the issues and are willing to thrash it out with reasons in democratic ways.
We have also proved that we do mean business when it comes to
Namma Ooru Bengaluru
Thanks Praja!

-- Praveen Sundaram AkA PhotoYogi

-- PhotoYogi

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Cancelled

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Cancelled

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idontspam: reg conventional Media

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idontspam, I would like to clarify, the conventional media is for the masses and they reach where we don't, We currently are no competition to them but I would understand that we compliment them.
-- Praveen Sundaram AkA PhotoYogi

-- PhotoYogi

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Hi Praveen aka

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Hi Praveen aka Photoyogi,

Great work and amazing dedication!! Just saw a slideshow on your flickr site, must saw the photos were amazing and quite comprehensive, covering most front-end aspects of the airport. Was feeling a bit emotional too, looking at the smiling faces all around the airport.

17 years in the making, whew!! Now its upto us to ensure that the airport delivers bang for the buck, time and sweat spent by so many people. 

 

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P'Yogi - Living Up to His Name !

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Hi All,

P'Yogi - I am really proud that we have you in the Praja community. You have done a remarkable job by bringing these pictures to us. An amazing job, indeed !

Congratulations, Yogi !!

I think you need a well deserved rest now, so I am not one that will ask for more pictures now.

 

Bengloorappa's picture

Thanks from Japan...

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Photoyogi,

I cant express how thrilled we all are to see the photos and updates!
I knew Praja would have it before anyone, thanks!

Hope I can join you soon in Bangalore for some photo journalism for our beloved praja.

-Bengloorappa

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Blackout by conventional media

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A near total blackout in covering the BIA opening by conventional electronic media(Television) and even some of the national press. Wonder what the reason is for the stepmotherly treatment.

A lesson learned: Media no more has a monopoly- blogs and internet are changing the information landscape(its a worldwide phenomenon).

A few different pics from rediff:

http://specials.rediff.com/money/2008/may/24sld1.htm

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Well Done.

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Photoyogi,

Really excited after looking the photos, Thanks for your great effort.

regards

Mohammed Ismail

Dammam-Saudi Arabia 

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First hand experience - BIAL

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Drive safe.  It is not just the car maker which can recall its product.

nature_raj's picture

Thanks a lot Praveen...!!

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Hey

 First  of all thanks a lot....Live blogging.... Awesome...!!. 

Cheers

Raj 

 

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cancelled

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Naveen's picture

BIAL - Airport Pictures by Day

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A visit to BIAL today was refreshing - click the link below to see pictures of the terminal & also a flt that departed :

http://flickr.com/photos/...

 

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Naveen ......

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  Hi Naveen

Since there is no way to e-mail you, I wanted to check what tool do you use to put the text on your photographs i.e. tag them. 

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Regards

Devesh R. Agarwal

Visit my aviation blog at http://aviation.deveshagarwal.com

 

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Regards
Devesh
Bangalore Aviation
Enjoy life, destroy FUD
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text

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devesh there is a quite a powerful image manipulation software called GIMP that is free. http://www.gimp.org/downl... to add text to a picture just open the picture. select the text tool (the icon has A) and click on the image at the position where you the text to appear. a window wil appear where you can type the actual text. you control color, size, and font, alignment etc...
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Devesh - Text on Pictures

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Devesh,

In addition to what TS has recommended ----

Paint can also be used to put text on pictures with the option to leave background transparent.

However, I had used MGI Photosuite, but this is not freely available. It comes only with purchase of sony videocam or digicam.

 

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How to contact other praja members using this website

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Offtopic, but to Devesh sir's comment about contacting other member - Any member can contact another member by using the contact form. Here is how.

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Guys, does anybody have the

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Guys, does anybody have the exact same shot (http://flickr.com/photos/13879352@N07/2521093781/in/set-72157605249857719/) in peak hours? 1) between 6pm and 9 pm  and 2) between 6am and 8am? 
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BIAL Busy Picture

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Hi Bialterminal,

The picture was taken on sunday, the 25th at about 5PM - almost peak hour, with a large no. of visitors to the new airport. However, the view is from a distance & does not highlight the "busy" aspect clearly.

If you see the other pictures in the same photo stream, you will see a lot more people. Try this link :

http://flickr.com/photos/13879352@N07/2521095263/in/set-72157605249857719/

 

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Thanks Naveen. Any way of

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Thanks Naveen. Any way of telling if the majority of people standing there are mostly meeters&greeters or a 50-50 mix of them and passengers? A critical factor affecting any public place in terms of capacity crunch AND/OR traffic/people flow would be a large concentration of stagnant traffic/people. A better understanding of the mix of people seen in the photo would go a long way in coming up with solutions for keeping the people/traffic moving so that the primary purpose of safely&efficiently accomodating air passengers can be served. Such a group of stationary people(non passengers) concentrated in one place pose a security risk and can spill over to the roadway hindering free flow of traffic and the flow of passengers trying to get into the building.

 

 

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BIAL - Crowds On Opening Day

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That day was the first sunday after BIAL opened & there were too many 'visitors' out there to get a feel of the facility (I was one of them !). Passengers, in comparison were few from what I had observed. The no. of such visitors blocking access for legitimate users will die down soon & those seeing their wards off will decline due to the inconvenience of long distance to the airport, I think.

Parking lots on that evening were also quite full & I had initially wondered if the area was sufficient, but I noticed later that most people were just visiting the new airport.

 

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where do the stairs lead?

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Hi

Aybody knows where the stairs seen in this photo -http://flickr.com/photos/clickitaway/2536636860/in/set-72157605343685426/  leads to?

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stairs...

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There are administration blocks and airline officess at the -1 level. Also in an emergency, the fire exits and escape routes from inside the terminal building, lead passengers below and out from these stairs.
Narayan Gopalan
User Interaction Designer
Bangalore
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attaching word/pdf docs

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How do I attach a word/pdf document on this forum? Here is a document that is not available on the web. Or is there some place I can upload the document to and link to it from here?
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Attaching Documents !

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Create a new discussion topic or forum and attach the document.
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rapidshare

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you can upload it on rapid share and paste a link here. otherwise email it to me i will do it for you.

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