New access road turns into a ‘viewing lounge’
The newly built Northern Access Road at Delhi airport provides a direct and smooth link between the domestic terminals and Terminal 3. It is also attracting motorists for another reason.delhi Updated: Dec 21, 2010 00:33 IST
The newly built Northern Access Road at Delhi airport provides a direct and smooth link between the domestic terminals and Terminal 3.
It is also attracting motorists for another reason.
The area has become the Delhi’s latest ‘jumbo point’, which earlier used to be NH-8 where motorists would routinely stop cars to gawk at aircraft landing on the runway.
As part of the Northern Access Road runs through a tunnel, right below runway 28 of the airport, the road gives a clear view of aircraft taxiing or landing on the runway. Motorists can be seen slowing down their cars or even getting down to take in the impressive view.
Thanks to the huge mounds of soil — excavated while the tunnel was being dug and now lying along the roadside — onlookers can climb up to the airport boundary wall, with only barbwires stopping them from jumping in.
Aircraft can be seen taxiing just a few hundred metres away.
After stopping their cars along the road, people get down and climb up on the mounds to see the planes. “The road that starts near Terminal 3 turns left and after a sharp curve, you can suddenly see huge aircraft right in front of you,” said Pankaj Mathur, a Dwarka resident. “I couldn’t resist stopping and taking a good look from up close,” he said.
Avdesh Kumar, a cab driver, was part of the group of curious onlookers perched on the soil mound. “I have dropped and picked up several passengers from the airport, but I have never seen an aircraft from such close quarters,” he said. “This is the closest I can ever expect to come near a plane.”
However, the proximity is now turning out to be a security hazard.
The Delhi police have now built a police post and deployed two constables at the “pit-stop” to deter people from stopping there. The police personnel could be seen chasing away people, even as the more determined of the lot managed to climb up.
“The access road is a very long stretch and the soil heaps have exposed the airport, but we have also increased patrolling along the road,” said RA Sanjeev, deputy commissioner of police (airport).
“I inspect the road everyday and now people do not stop there anymore. We have covered the stretch with the limited resources that we have,” the DCP said.