Passengers taking the northern access road to Delhi airport's Terminal 3 will now receive a green welcome.
The northern access road, opened to public a few months ago, provides a shorter and smoother direct link between the domestic terminals of the airport to T3. The 1.3-km long road includes a 360-metre-long tunnel beneath the runway 28.
The private airport operator Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL) is now planning to beautify and landscape the area along the road Work on the landscaping is scheduled to be completed within next two months.
The landscaping will serve two purposes-that of aesthetics and security. The mounds of soil, excavated while the tunnel was being dug, had been dumped along the road and had become a security hazard.
"We will carry out landscaping along the northern access road, including 'embossing' of the area spanning six acres," said a DIAL spokesman.
Apart from special grass being grown, DIAL would also plant trees en-route. "While most plants have been selected from different nurseries from across the country, few have been procured from abroad- orchids have been sourced from Thailand and pachiras from Taiwan," he said.
DIAL has also carried out beautification on the route between the Radisson junction on NH-8 to T3, over an area measuring nearly 35 acres. "The whole process took about a year," the spokesperson said.
The complete landscaping of the area around T3 includes 39 varieties of trees, 42 varieties of palms and cycads, 83 types of big and small shrubs, six types of cactii and succulents as well as 39 types of ground covers. "At the end of the landscaping work, over 9, 22,000 trees and plants will be planted at the entire project," he said.