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Site identified for terminals, runway

Surveyors are busy mapping the empty stretch behind the Centaur Hotel - the site where Delhi Airport's two new terminals will be constructed, writes Archis Mohan.

india Updated: May 12, 2006 00:57 IST

Surveyors are busy mapping the empty stretch behind the Centaur Hotel along NH 8 - the site where Delhi Airport's two new terminals will be constructed in time for the Commonwealth Games 2010.

The two terminals — one domestic and the other international — are part of the modernisation plan submitted to the Ministry of Civil Aviation by the GMR group led consortium. As per this plan, a simultaneous runway will be in place by mid 2007. This Airbus A380 compatible runway will be in addition to the two runways operational at present. 
  
UK's leading consultant Mott MacDonald is the lead technical adviser. It along with other specialised consultants is busy preparing the 20-year Master Plan comprising the short-term plan, to be submitted within five months. "A team of 40 is already on the job," said a senior official. 

Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum (HOK), an internationally acclaimed firm, with an expertise in designing airport terminals is the architect for the new terminals. Some other important consultants are doing the air traffic and environment assessments. Officials are discussing the location of the Metro station - part of the proposed New Delhi Railway Station and Airport high-speed corridor.

"Once ready, we will take the Master Plan to the stakeholders and the user community to get their feedback and make necessary alterations/additions," said the official. The plan also talks about expanding domestic Terminal IB's arrival side.