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New Delhi runway to take off by 2008

Forget the Indira Gandhi Inter-national Airport as you know it now. Think futuristic, writes Sidhartha Roy.

india Updated: Dec 07, 2006 02:27 IST

Forget the Indira Gandhi Inter-national Airport as you know it now. Think futuristic.

The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), the consortium mandated to develop the airport, on Wednesday unveiled the master plan for its modernisation. In the first phase — which will be ready by the 2010 Commonwealth Games and will cost Rs 7,000 crore — a new terminal (Terminal 3) will come up opposite the existing international terminal.

The terminal — with over 130 check-in counters and 70 emigration desks — will cater to both domestic and international traffic and will handle 3.7 crore passengers per annum, more than twice the present number of travellers. A new runway will be operational by 2008. At 4.4 km, it will be one of the longest in Asia.

Travelling to the airport too will be easy with a six-lane road connecting the terminal and National Highway 8. DIAL expects the Metro link between the airport and the New Delhi railway station to be operational by 2010.

By 2036, DIAL says the airport will be developed to handle 10 crore passengers a year. Terminal 3 will be developed into a U-shaped structure and running through its centre will be a transportation corridor through which the Metro link  between the airport and Connaught Place will pass.