The Indira Gandhi International Airport plunged into darkness during peak hour traffic on Monday night. Passengers faced problems as a power failure, caused by a cable cut due to the ongoing construction work at the airport, slowed down work at the international terminal.
The problem started at 9.15 p.m. after there was a power cut and the emergency power back-up system kicked in. “This resulted in lot of chaos at the airport because that is the peak traffic hour when many international flights operate,” said an official of an international airline who did not wish to be identified. Sources at the airport said normal power supply was restored late in the night.
Power failures have become a frequent problem at the airport and though airport developer Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL) manages operations by back up power and generator sets, normal operations are hit.
“Many areas in the terminal had no light on Monday and only essential operations were on. The air-conditioning was not working either,” he said. “Thankfully the weather is not that warm yet, but if the power failures continue, passengers would face problems in summer,” he said.
There was a power disruption due to a cable cut due to construction work for about two hours, said a DIAL spokesman. “However, 100 per cent power back up ensured that all operations ran normally and there were no impact on passenger services,” he claimed.
The airline official said there was no electricity outside the international terminal, due to which passengers had trouble driving towards the gates. “About one third of the counters were not working, which led to longer queues,” he said. “There was no light in the baggage make up area where baggage is sorted. However, generator sets were provided by DIAL.”