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After tallest ATC tower, Delhi airport to get internal metro, runway

The Delhi airport is set to become the only one in India to have an internal rail network and the tallest ATC tower.

delhi Updated: May 02, 2016 11:18 IST
Faizan Haidar
Faizan Haidar
Hindustan Times
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The Delhi airport is set to become the only one in India to have an internal rail network and the tallest ATC tower.(Faizan Haider/HT Photo)

The Delhi airport, which completes 10 years of privatisation on Tuesday, is headed for major changes. Apart from new buildings and runway, a Metro network, exclusively for the flyers, will soon connect all terminal buildings.

A new Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower is ready for operation, officials said.

“In 2015, DIAL undertook a review of the Master Plan for the development of the airport. This was done to update the 2006 Master Plan for reasons such as change in profile of passengers, distribution of demand and growth of low-cost carriers,” DIAL CEO, Indana Prabhakara Rao, said.

ATC tower

The new tower of the Delhi airport, which is country’s tallest ATC tower and among the tallest structures in the city, will give a 360 degree view of the airport to the controller and will help timely arrival and departure of flights.

The present 60-metre-high tower was built in 1999 and is far from the third runway constructed in 2008.

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The new tower will give controllers a commanding view of the airport as well as a much larger working space and help to reduce the pressure on every controller. The 101.9-metre tower is adjacent to the present ATC tower and once ready, it will be tallest in the country and 7th highest globally.

Rao said they are waiting for the Airports Authority of India to move in with equipment.

Fourth runway

Delhi airport, which already has three runways, will become the first airport in the country to have four. Airport officials are expecting to commission the runway by 2018, which will take its per hour capacity from 75 flights to 105.

Delhi International Airport (P) Limited is expecting to start the construction in 2016 and complete it before 2018. The airport handles almost 1,000 aircraft everyday. During peak hours, planes hover over the sky and wait for landing.

Terminal-1 expansion

As domestic airlines, especially the budget carriers are growing, DIAL has decided to double the capacity of T-1, which caters to low-cost carriers. “We will expand it and in the next three years, the capacity of T-1 will increase from 15 million per annum to 30 million per annum,” said Rao.

T-1 is built on 53,000 sq m area and after the expansion, it will be spread over 133,000 sq m.

Ten aerobridges will be constructed and the number of boarding gates will be increased from 8 to 25. There is also a plan to construct multilevel parking outside the terminal and an underpass will connect the terminal with the Metro netowrk. The capacity of Delhi airport will increase to 75 million per annum from the current 62 million.

Terminal 4

Another terminal to cater to air travellers will be built by 2020. DIAL plans to construct the new terminal near the existing T-3. T- 2, which used to handle international passengers before T-3 and is now lying defunct, will be demolished for this purpose.

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Airport Metro

On the lines of airports in developed countries, Delhi airport will become the first airport in the country to have an internal rail network. DIAL is awaiting approval of aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation to start the feasibility study.

According to sources, the railway network will connect the T-3, T-1 and the upcoming T-4.

First Published: May 02, 2016 11:18 IST