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Airport gears up for rainy season

delhi Updated: Jun 21, 2008 23:05 IST
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Authorities have worked out massive plans to ensure the monsoon does not affect smooth operations at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA). Storm water drains have been cleaned to prevent water logging and rooftops have been tar-felted to check leakages, claim Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) officials.

City side

On the city side of the airport, all drains have been cleaned and de-silted and a new stormwater drain has been constructed to provide additional clearance to rainwater and prevent water-logging, said DIAL officials. Several disused drains have been also brought into service, the DIAL release said.

DIAL officials added Terminal 1B extension concourse has been replaced with a newer structure which is not only waterproof but air-conditioned. All roads around the terminals are being re-laid and lights are also being improved, the DIAL press release added.

Passenger terminal

The terminal rooftops have been provided with tar felting to ensure water proofing. Drain-pipes have been cleaned using high pressure suction jetting machines, said DIAL officials. In fact, DIAL has used Closed Circuit Television Cameras to inspect storm water drains and all outlets have been cleaned.

“Over 100 specially trained customer service staff are deployed to provide assistance to passengers. A basic call centre will share the available flight information and airlines' contacts numbers. A link of the FIDS (Flight Information Display System) is provided on DIAL website,” said a DIAL spokesperson.

Airside Management

On the airside, (inside the airport) drains, culverts and rainwater harvesting structures have also been cleaned and de-silted and six mechanised sweepers are available round to clock, the DIAL release added.

Contingency Plan

DIAL has setup a ‘Monsoon Task Force’ who will be available 24x7 at the airport during the season, to respond to any emergency situation.

According to officials, several high-speed pumps are on standby to clear any water logging. Hundred umbrellas have been procured and will be available for passenger use on the City Side of terminals, a DIAL official said.

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