Thursday, September 13, 2018

Task cut out: Unrolling 1.7 lakh square metres carpet at Delhi Airport

New Delhi: At least 320 workers, 20 weaving machines and four months of “tireless work” at a unit near Pune was what it took to produce the 2,000 rolls of carpet for Delhi Airport’s T3, one of the biggest terminals in the world with an annual footfall of nearly 40 million. When T3 opened to the world for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the carpets were as much a highlight as the new terminal.

But the brown-and-beige rugs with designs depicting the “radial streets of Lutyens’s Delhi” have since faced criticism for causing inconvenience in dragging trolley bags and upkeep. And now, they are being replaced with “hard flooring”.

“The carpets were an integral part of T3’s overall design philosophy and required high maintenance. However, extensive use and buggy movement have flattened the rugs in some parts. They will now be replaced with hard flooring that matches the granite flooring in the other areas. Preliminary work has begun,” a spokesperson for Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said.
13/09/18 Ankita Dwivedi Johri/Indian Express