Hot and thirsty at IGI airport
After the confusion on Sunday, problems at Delhi airport's new departure terminal 1D have just multiplied a day after it opened, reports Sidhartha Roy.delhi Updated: Apr 21, 2009 00:56 IST
After the confusion on Sunday, problems at Delhi airport's new departure terminal 1D have just multiplied a day after it opened.
The new terminal offers double the space compared to the old 1B but the scorching heat is making its presence felt inside the brand new terminal.
The new terminal, along with other parts of the Indira Gandhi International Airport is also facing an acute water shortage. The air conditioning too has not been functioning properly since Sunday.
To make matters worse, a few conveyor belts stopped working and a few flights got delayed as baggage couldn't be loaded on time.
“The airport is not getting normal water supply and there is shortage of drinking water at the new terminal. The RO (reverse osmosis) water purifiers are not working and drinking water is being carried to the terminal in 20 litre jars, which have to be replaced continuously,” said an airport official who is not authorized to talk to the media.
“The air conditioning is not functioning properly and the searing heat only made the condition unbearable,” said an official of an airline who didn't wish to be named.
“Thankfully the new terminal is spacious and only three airlines are operating. If this problem continues when all airlines shift here and the passenger traffic increases, staying inside the terminal would become impossible,” he said.
A spokesman of airport developer Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL) said these are teething troubles and would stabilize in 10 days.
“The air conditioning is not malfunctioning but as the temperature and traffic load increases, it has to be adjusted accordingly,” he said. “This happens in a new building and tuning of the AC would go on for some time to arrive at a comfortable temperature,” he said.
He said shortage of drinking water would also be taken care of in about a week. “The testing of the RO setup is going on and it will take a week for it to stabilize. Till then we have kept sufficient number of water dispensers at the terminal,” he said.
Though sources said some conveyor belts were not functioning, the spokesman said that only one belt had a technical problem.
“About three flights were delayed due to this but only for about 10 minutes,” he said.