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Termination time?

india Updated: Feb 27, 2009 23:34 IST
Sidhartha Roy

After serving Delhiites for almost half a century, the perennially crammed, decrepit and much maligned domestic terminal 1B of Delhi Airport is about to be erased from the capital’s map.

Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport has a new domestic departure terminal — 1D, which would replace the old Terminal 1B that was built during the Second World War.

The new terminal was inaugurated on Thursday and is expected to become operational by the first week of April.

While Terminal 1B has a capacity to handle 25 lakh passengers in a year, the new terminal would be able to accommodate more than 80 lakh.

“Constructing Terminal 1D was not part of the master plan to modernise the IGI Airport, therefore, there is no fixed plan on what is to be done with Terminal 1B,” said a senior official of airport developer Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), who did not wish to be named.

“As of now, we plan to demolish the building and build a new general aviation terminal (for non scheduled flights, chartered planes etc) at the site,” he said.

Airport sources, however, said there are also plans to build a cargo office complex, a parking lot or even a shopping complex at the site where Terminal 1B stands.