Thursday, December 28, 2017

Nine years on, Delhi Airport runway still waiting for Shiv statue to move

Authorities at Delhi International Airport have been waiting for nearly nine years for a religious trust to lower the height of a statue to make full use of one of Asia’s longest runways.

It was in 1989 that the Airport Authority had given permission to Jaya Shree Charity Trust to build a Shiva statue with a maximum height of 252.1 meters above sea-level.

The statue was completed in 1994.

At the time, runway 29 — whose operation is impacted by the statue — was not in existence.

However, due to increasing traffic, airport authorities soon decided to create a new 1.5km runway, which was completed in August 2008.

However, they soon realized that the statue would pose a threat to planes landing and taking off.

A measurement of the elevation of the statue found that the top of the structure was located at a height of 263.67 meters above sea-level, or about 11.5 meters higher than what was allowed in the permit.

In the months that followed, Delhi Airport Authorities issued a legal notice to fix the height by digging the statue down.
28/12/17 Trisha Thomas/Ultra