Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Terminal delay: Covid-19 latest of setbacks in Delhi's IGI Airport expansion plans

New Delhi: With construction activities in the city heavily impacted due to several roadblocks since mid-2019, including anti-pollution measures and the Covid-19 lockdown, Indira Gandhi International Airport’s expansion project is also expected to be hit in a big way.

IGI’s timeline for expansion under Phase 3A of the master plan is likely to be impacted by the lockdown and shortage of workers that resulted from it. Sources said that while at least 5,000 workers were needed on the ground, less than 2,000 were working at present. Therefore, the deadline may shift from mid-2022 to the end of 2023, a source said.

While construction was completely halted during the lockdown, the migrant labourers returning to their home villages and social distancing at work sites also resulted in slow progress after the restrictions were lifted.

The expansion plans, which include a new Terminal 1 with nearly double the capacity (40 million passengers per annum), a new fourth runway and an elevated cross-taxiway on the lines of Changi Airport (Singapore) — allowing motorists to drive their vehicles underneath a tunnel with the plane taxiing above them — are all expected to be delayed.
04/08/20 Pankhuri Yadav/Times of India
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