IGI Airport Gets Ready For The Monsoons
New Delhi, 14th July, 2009 :
With the advent of the South West Monsoon over Northern India, Delhi International Airport (P) Limited (DIAL), the developer and operator of the Capital’s Indira Gandhi International Airport has undertaken several measures to maintain smooth operations during the monsoon season. Extensive pre-monsoon checks are being carried out to pre-empt any disruption to operations both on the airside and in the passenger terminals.
The monsoon strategy has been drawn in consultations with various stakeholders at the airport including DGCA, ATC, CISF, BCAS, Met Department and Airlines. Some of the key steps undertaken for monsoon preparedness include:
City Side and Terminal Buildings
- Cleaning and de-silting of drains along airport approach roads
- Pre-emptive maintenance of Terminal Building roofs
- Customer Service Agents and Help Desks are available for passenger assistance
- Dedicated Task Force of Staff from various Departments has been set up to respond at short notice
- Drains, culverts and rainwater harvesting structures have been cleaned and de-silted
- Mechanized sweepers are available round the clock to clear any stagnant water.
- An 'Emergency Pavement Response Team' has been set up to deal with any disruption to pavements or drains caused by monsoon rains
- Fresh marking of runways, taxiways and vehicular lines with reflective paint has been carried out
- Teams have been stationed at specific locations for speedy clearance of any debris or foreign object from operational area as a result of high velocity wind or torrential rain
- Nearly 40 special staff deployed at strategic locations monitor and control growth of vegetation alongside the runways and taxiways
- Specialized grass cutting machines have been deployed for speedier cutting of grass
- Spraying of weedicides to control growth of weeds
- Dedicated airside team to oversee all equipment is properly secured airside following its use
DIAL is taking all possible steps to minimize any disruption to flight operations or any inconvenience to passengers. In addition it is requesting passengers to keep sufficient time in hand while leaving for the airport as bad weather may lead to traffic disruption on the city roads. In addition, passengers are also being requested to check their flight status with their respective airlines for latest updates.
Flight updates are also available on the airport website www.newdelhiairport.in which displays a live feed at the airport’s Flight Information Display System. Additional assistance and information are available at IGI Airport’s 24 hour Helpline number 011-2566 1080.