Expert called in to sort T3 signage mess
Fliers will now not face problems locating the northern access road, which connects Terminal 3 with delhi airport’s domestic terminals. SIDHARTHA ROY reportsdelhi Updated: Dec 20, 2010 00:36 IST
Fliers will now not face problems locating the northern access road, which connects Terminal 3 with delhi airport’s domestic terminals.
The recently constructed R110-crore road allows motorists coming from south or west Delhi to avoid the congestion at NH-8 and zoom to T3 from the domestic terminals in minutes. Many, however, are unable to locate the road due to an appalling lack of proper signages.
More than a month after the road was opened, the private airport operator Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL) has now woken up to the fact and is acting on it. “We have hired an international signage expert who will advise us on the signages to be installed and where to install them," said a senior DIAL official, requesting anonymity.
Earlier, the authorities were passing the buck as there were multiple stakeholders involved in the project. While DIAL had said signages were to be installed by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), the land development agency said it was not responsible for signages on the access road.
The northern access road was meant to cut down congestion at the clogged intersection at NH-8 near Radisson Hotel. Most passengers, however, still prefer the NH-8 intersection to reach Terminal 3.
Many motorists, after driving down the expressway flyover towards domestic terminals, miss the temporary signages and turn towards Dwarka.
The result is a huge detour and delay. The temporary signages, put up by DIAL and the traffic police, are white sheets pasted on cardboard.
The DIAL official said the route towards the northern access road and then to T3 would be thoroughly studied.
“The access road and the tunnel that is part of it are close to runway 28. Therefore, we cannot place huge signages just anywhere. It shouldn’t affect the ‘funnel area’ of a descending aircraft in any way,” he said.