New Delhi, 17th December, 2009 :
Minister of Civil Aviation, Sh. Praful Patel and Chief Minister of NCT Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dikshit visit T3 site
The modernization of Indira Gandhi International Airport is progressing as per schedule and Delhi will soon boast of a modern airport, able to match the leading airports across the globe. The Honourable Minister for Civil Aviation, Sh. Praful Patel and the Honourable Chief Minister of NCT Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dikshit today visited the project site of Terminal 3 at IGI Airport and witnessed the modernization progress.
A team from Delhi International Airport (P) Limited apprised the dignitaries about the development progress. Both the dignitaries took keen interest in the ongoing works and expressed their satisfaction over the progress of work. The infrastructure facilities of Terminal 3 (T3) will be ready by March 2010 after which the ORAT (Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer) trials will be carried out for three months. The Terminal will be ready for commercial operations in July 2010.
During their visit, Sh. Patel and Smt. Dikshit inaugurated the check-in counters in the Departure level. Terminal 3 will boast 170 check in counters spread over 6 islands. In addition, an advanced in-line baggage handling system with a capacity of more than 12,500 bags per hour will be at the heart of the terminal. The Baggage Handling System also features nearly 6.5km of baggage belts.
The dignitaries also inaugurated the automatic walkways (Travelators) in the international pier of Terminal 3. T3 will have more than 90 travelators in addition to 63 elevators and 31 escalators. Eight of the travelators will be inclined, the first of their kind in India. Given the sheer size of the airport terminal building, such a facility is a necessity. The lengths of the travelators vary between 28 meters and 118 meters. The travelators are energy efficient, featuring variable voltage frequency operation and automatic start or stop feature for power saving.
Work on Terminal 3 is nearing completion at a fast pace and currently, 84% of the works have been completed. The Terminal is spread across 5.2 million sq. ft and will rival some of the best airports in the world. In addition to its passenger friendly features, T3 also has special features for passengers with special needs. These include specially designed ramps for wheelchairs, disabled-friendly toilets, reserved vehicle parking space and a special contact zone service, manned by DIAL staff for unaccompanied passengers requiring special assistance.
DIAL is also building two new taxiways ‘T’ and ‘Y’ which are parallel to IGIA’s third runway 11-29. Runway 11-29 was opened last year and has made IGIA, the only airport in India with 3 operational runways. The two new taxiways will complement the existing parallel taxiway Z and provide additional routing options for aircraft movement on the ground.
The project is one of the largest of its kind in the country. For this project, DIAL’s focus is not only on improving the ambience of existing terminal facilities, reliability of electrical, mechanical and electronic systems and concentrating on service orientation by training all airport staff in customer awareness and orientation, but also in creating a unique terminal which is an experience in itself.
DIAL is poised to transform IGI Airport into a hub connecting passengers internationally and domestically with the commissioning of T3 thereby allowing India to take its rightful place on the global aviation stage by providing passengers and airlines with the choice of an efficient, safe, secure and customer focused airport.