The plan to set up a swanky police station with world-class facilities near Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) is not going to materialise anytime soon as Delhi Police engages in a war of words with the airport operator over the rent of the land.
The airport operator - Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) - wants Delhi Police to pay rent for the land which they have not started using yet.
According to sources, DIAL wants the police to pay Rs. 400 per square metre per annum for the 2960 square-metre plot that was allotted to them. Initially, DIAL had also asked for rent of seven locations near the airport that Delhi Police were using.
"They were asking us to pay the rent from 2005, from the date DIAL took over the airport from the Airports Authority of India (AAI). They were adamant on collection of rent on the land that we are using for parking. We are there for the security of residents. Why should we pay rent?" a senior Delhi Police officer asked.
According to sources, DIAL has agreed later not to take rent for all the seven locations. They, however, were adamant that Delhi Police pay them Rs. 41 lakh as rent for two locations. The rent is for the period between 30 May 2011 and 9 October 2025.
"We are unable to start construction on the land and have asked the ministry of home affairs to intervene and clear the issue," the officer added. In a statement, DIAL claimed that it had no knowledge of the involvement of the ministry of home affairs in the matter.
"At the request of Delhi Police, DIAL had offered an area opposite T-3 for the construction of police station. Delhi Police has agreed to pay rent at the rate of Rs. 540.63 per square metre per annum," a DIAL spokesperson said.