The Press RElease from DIAL
New Delhi, October 29 2007: Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi is on its way to join the league of the most modern airports in the world. The development work being carried out by Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd. (DIAL) is well underway, and soon the capital's airport will boast world class infrastructure and passenger amenities.
DIAL has drafted a Master Plan for the development of the airport site, which in its first phase will see the addition of a new runway and an integrated passenger terminal building to serve both international and domestic passengers. In addition, a brand new domestic terminal and a modernized Terminal 2 will serve passengers as well.
Work is progressing fast on IGI Airport's third runway; to be christened '11-29'. This runway, at 4430 m will be one of the longest runways in Asia and will feature CAT IIIB Instrument Landing System at both ends. This equipment will allow landings in visibility as low as 50 m. This 60 m wide, Code F runway will also cater to new generation large aircrafts such as the Airbus A380.
Work on the runway and associated taxiways is more than 50% complete and the runway will be commissioned in mid 2008. The commissioning of the new runway will increase IGI Airport's capacity to handle aircraft movements substantially, making flight delays and congestion a thing of the past.
Construction of the runway is a feat in modern engineering, involving an astounding 1.1 million m³ of earthwork and embankment filling. That is enough to form a 210 km long freight train!! The runway will be more than 2 m thick, comprising 12 layers of Filling, Concrete Treated Base, Asphalt & Adhesives. Over 625,000 tonnes of asphalt will be used during the construction of the runway, a load which can help build a 75 km long six lane expressway!!
The centerpiece of the IGI Airport modernization will be the new integrated passenger terminal, Terminal 3. Spread across a footprint of 20 acres, the building will have more than 480,000 m² of floor space. The building will serve both domestic and international passengers through 168 common use check-in counters. Further, an advanced 5 level in-line baggage screening system will provide both efficiency and security.
Immigration would be a breeze for both arriving and departing passengers with over 90 desks dedicated to the purpose. Passengers can board aircraft through 75 aerobridges spread across 4 boarding piers, which can be interchanged between domestic and international operations. Even, the most modern airports in the world do not have such a high number of aerobridges. For example, Singapore's Changi Airport or Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) have only 68 aerobridges each. The high number of aerobridges will ensure that over 90% of passengers transiting through T3
will be served by aerobridges.
Construction work on the Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) and boarding piers is in full swing with the building scheduled for inauguration by March 2010, well in time for the Commonwealth Games being hosted by Delhi.
will have a capacity to cater to 27 million passengers a year. Naturally, a building of its size involves engineering of mammoth proportions. The building will be 300 m long & 250 m wide with a 6 lane approach road from the city. In addition, there will be dedicated high speed Metro line connecting the airport to the city centre along with city check-in facility.
Over 550,000 m³ of concrete will go into the construction of T3
along with 100,000 tonnes of rebar (reinforcing steel which is nearly four times the amount that went into the construction of the famed Howrah Bridge in Calcutta.
Even more challenging is the fact that all this construction will be finished in less than four years, which will perhaps be a record on its own. Similar projects across the world have taken substantially more time. For example, KLIA took about four and a half years to build. Work T5
in Heathrow, London was started in 2002 and is scheduled to open for commercial operations only in 2008.
Design & Construction
A host of Indian and international experts are involved in the development of the Terminal and Runway. Mott McDonald and HoK of UK are the principal designers and architects of T3
while Parsons Brinckerhoff of USA is the Project Management Consultants. Indian engineering giant L&T are the Engineering, Procurement & Construction Contractors for the project. Airbiz of Australia is the airport planners, while Woodhead from Australia are designing the interiors.
Equipment used in construction
A host of hi-tech construction equipment has been deployed for the construction of the runway:
· 8 Vibratory Soil Compactors with 18 tonne capacity exclusively imported from Germany for this project. These are being used for embankments and stabilizing the base soil of the runway. These machines are equipped with the latest microprocessor technology for best results.
· 10 Electronic Sensor Pavers built by Vogele of Germany have been pressed into service for laying the surface of the runway. These machines can lay surface of 200 mm thickness at the rate of 60 m per hour.
· Two 240 m³ per hour batching plants, among the biggest in Asia, for producing ready-mix concrete have been set up at the site. The total facility can produce more than 825 m³ of ready-mix per hour and is based on German technology.
· For fabrication of rebar steel, a mammoth 'Steel Service Centre' has been set-up with a capacity of 8,000 tonne per month.
A specially set-up fully equipped Quality Control Laboratory has also been commissioned to ensure the best quality concrete, asphalt and other materials associated with the concrete.
Workforce & Training
At present, a workforce of over 8,000 is involved in the construction of the new site. Besides Indians, experts from countries like USA, UK, Australia, China, Singapore, Malaysia amongst others, are involved in the development. The team also involves nearly 7,000 construction workers who have been housed in a specially built colony at the site. To ensure quality of life for the workers, the colony is complete with its dining & sanitation facilities. The workers are also being trained in a special 'Skill Training Center' where they undergo various vocational and safety awareness programme ranging from 3 – 45 days in duration, depending on their nature of duties.
The progress of the construction work is a step towards the realization of a dream – the dream to build an airport that showcases India to the world. GMR Group is committed to building infrastructure projects that help in the country's progress to take its righteous place as one of the leading economies of the world and IGI Airport will be the jewel in its crown.