Delhi airport runway to be closed every night for DMRC work
Flight schedule at Delhi airport may be affected next month as one of the three runways will remain closed till July. Runway 9-27 will be kept out of use as a safety measure during construction of a Metro station nearby.delhi Updated: May 25, 2016 15:20 IST
Flight schedule at Delhi airport may be affected next month as one of the three runways will be closed every night till July. Runway 9-27 will be kept out of use as a safety measure during construction of a Metro station nearby.
According to sources, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation had sought restriction on flight operations as they plan to use high cranes near the construction site of the station to complete the project. As flight descends at a low height, there is a height restriction at the DMRC’s construction site and heavy equipment is not allowed.
Airport sources, however, said that the runway, which is used for both domestic and international flights, will remain closed only during the night between 11 pm and 5 am from the first week of June. Though the officials say the timing will ensure there is not much delay in landing and take-off, most international flights operate during this period. Delhi airport has three runways - 9-27, 10-28 and 11-29 - and handles around 75 flights in an hour.
“This does not have any impact on operations as the demand in this duration can be catered to from other two runways. In case of any urgent requirement, DMRC work gets suspended to make the runway operational.” said a spokesperson for airport operator, DIAL adding that Runway 27 has remained closed for landing and take-off of flights between 11pm and 5 am on several occasions over the past two years to facilitate work at metro station.
Runway 10-28 was closed last month for a week, which affected the flight operations slightly. Runway 9-27 is the shortest of the three. This would delay the landing and take-off of international and domestic flights by a few minutes but would not affect the overall flight operations, said airport sources.
DMRC work is expected to be completed in next two to three months after which no restriction on flight operations will be required. “The Terminal 1 station of the Janakpuri-Botanical Garden corridor will also have reversal facility for trains so that trains can be reversed from this station to facilitate better frequency of trains. The underground station is constructed in front of the arrival hall but the reversal facility is being constructed in front of the runway 27. In the past two years, the runway was closed on several occasions and in coordination with airport operator we managed the air traffic well. We need to close it in June to complete the work and it should not affect the airport operation,” said an official of DeIhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
The station box of the Terminal 1 station will be among the longest at the length of 312.2 meters. Normally underground stations are around 260 meters.
As per the Detailed Project Report (DPR), the estimated ridership of this station in 2016 will be 66,405 and in 2021, it will increase to 97,184. Terminal 1 currently handles 30000 passengers everyday. The reversal facility is on the both side of the station.