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Airport to have city’s best air

Passengers arriving at Delhi airport’s new Terminal 3, which will open next year, will receive a green welcome. The upcoming Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport, which will handle all international and most domestic flights, is scheduled to open before the Commonwealth Games in October 2010, reports Sidhartha Roy.

delhi Updated: Nov 26, 2009 23:56 IST
Sidhartha Roy

Passengers arriving at Delhi airport’s new Terminal 3, which will open next year, will receive a green welcome.

The upcoming Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport, which will handle all international and most domestic flights, is scheduled to open before the Commonwealth Games in October 2010.

Spread over an area of 5.2 million sq ft, Terminal 3 is touted to be one of the biggest airport terminals in the world. Landscaping plans of the terminal are equally impressive.

The private airport operator Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) will landscape an area of 70 acres outside the building and 10,000 square metres inside the Terminal.

The landscaping will include 39 varieties of trees, 26 varieties of palms, 83 types of big and small shrubs, six types of cactii and 39 types of groundcovers, a DIAL spokesman said.

“It will also include the soft landscaping work that will have 30,000 square metres of green lawns.

“Around 320 different varieties of plants and trees will be used outside the terminal and 266 varieties of plants will be used for internal landscaping,” he said. DIAL will plant more than 9, 22,000 trees and plants for the entire project.

“We have chosen different varieties of plants, trees and shrubs keeping in mind the aesthetics, ease of maintenance, growth pattern and colours of flowers during the flowering season and different seasons of Delhi,” he said.

Plants will be sourced from plant nurseries across India and a few will be procured from abroad. “This includes certain exotic varieties of orchids which are sourced from Thailand and Dioon Spinosa from Mexico,” he said. “Plants used inside the building will have a tropical look and feel. All selected plants are fast growing and easy to maintain.”

Landscaping in and around the terminal will also include lighting, putting planters and water fountains.

For the upkeep and maintenance of the plants, DIAL has developed a plant nursery also in an area of about 6.75 acres near the upcoming Terminal.

This nursery has a cold house, green shade house, open ventilated shade house and open space with warehousing facilities.

About 10,000 plants will be regularly maintained here.