Residents of Vasant Kunj would soon be able to have a good night’s sleep.
Planes arriving at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, which is near Vasant Kunj, have been using the airport's new runway for landing since September last year. The flight path taken by the planes is over Vasant Kunj and nearby areas and the noise created by them while flying low over the colony has become an irritating problem for its residents.
The problem, however, could be soon taken care of with airport operator Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL) planning to use the older secondary runway for all night landings. The secondary runway 27 is quite far from the new runway 29 and also the smallest among the airport's three runways.
There is also a second reason for shifting night landings to the runway 27. DIAL wants to recarpet the airport’s main runway 28, which was built in the 1980s. DIAL wants to start the recarpeting work, which could take more than six months, from mid April.
Domestic airlines fear that closing the main runway would lead to delays because it is very far from the domestic terminals. At present, all landings take place at the new runway 29 and all planes take off from the main runway 28.
“To avoid this, we plan to operate all arrivals and international departures from runway 29 and domestic departures from runway 27,” said a senior airport official who did not wish to be named.
“Runway 28 has not been recarpeted in the last 25 years, except for some patchwork. It is yet not unsafe for landings but if not improved now, it would become unsafe soon,” he said.
A meeting of all stakeholders was held at the Civil Aviation Ministry recently but a final decision could not be taken.