Airport’s new no (b)rainer: A tunnel sans drainage
If you thought scenes of rain-induced chaos at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) on Thursday would not be repeated, think again.delhi Updated: Sep 16, 2011 23:05 IST
If you thought scenes of rain-induced chaos at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) on Thursday would not be repeated, think again. Fliers heading towards IGIA’s Terminal 3 will have to take an alternative route each time it rains.
It has now come to light that the newly-constructed Northern Access Road does not have a drainage system. Which is why the tunnel gets flooded when it rains, making the road inaccessible for motorists.
While the three agencies — Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), Airport Authority of India (AAI) and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) — involved in the construction and maintenance of this road were busy blaming each other, it remained out of bounds for two consecutive days due to waterlogging.
According to DIAL, it has written several letters to DMRC and AAI, intimating them about the eight pending works. These include construction of a footpath-cum-drain on both sides of the road from the tunnel ramp to NSG Junction.
“The implementing agency for the building of Northern Access Road is AAI through DMRC. DIAL is responsible only for operation and maintenance of this road. DIAL has sent atleast five letters to DMRC and AAI, asking that the condition of the road be remedied immediately,” a DIAL spokesperson said.
DIAL claimed that as per the agreement, DMRC was supposed to repair the road within one year of construction. “DIAL has specifically complained about the sub-grade and sub-base which are prime parts of the road crust,” the spokesperson added.
However, a DMRC spokesperson shifted the blame to AAI and said they have handed over the road to them in October 2010. According to DIAL officials, eight tasks regarding the overall work of the northern access road were left incomplete by DMRC.
These have to be executed by AAI but have been kept pending for want of funds. The pending work also includes construction of a third lane of about 700metres from Mehramnagar to NSG junction.
“Installation of 10 electric lights with power connection, installation of six security watch towers in the defence area and installation of traffic blinkers at the junction in front of NSG gate is also pending,” the DIAL spokesperson added.