- The new Terminal 1 will have increased capacity, along with a parking stand for 82 aircraft
- A flyover will be constructed at the Aerocity metro station junction to reduce travel time from T1 terminal to T3 terminal
GMR Group, the company that holds the majority stake in the Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), plans to expand Delhi airport to increase its passenger capacity from the present count of 66 million to 100 million passengers a year. As a part of the expansion, authorities intend to upgrade the existing Terminal 1, build a fourth runway, and also develop the dual elevated Eastern Cross Taxiway. The development is expected to complete by 2022.
“These works, upon completion, would not only increase the passenger handling capacity of the Delhi airport to 100 million passengers per annum (MPPA) in the next three years, but also enhance the airside capacity to handle 140 MPPA,” a statement from DIAL said.
“The works (under Phase 3A) have begun on all the fronts,” it added. L&T is responsible for the engineering, procurement, and construction works for the expansion.
According to Prabhakaran Rao, Deputy Managing Director of GMR Group, DIAL has already arranged the required fund of Rs 9,800 crores. “The airport expansion project cost is met through a combination of three components –internal cash accruals, real estate monetization and borrowings. This includes $350 million FCB, equivalent to Rs 2,425 crore, raised as part of expansion funding and internal cash accruals of Rs 3,000 crore,” said Rao.
New Terminal to be Built in Place of Terminal 1
The expansion plan is such that DIAL plans to demolish the entire Terminal 1 to build new. The new, proposed Terminal 1 will have increased capacity in addition to a parking stand for 82 aircraft. The new T1 apron will also be equipped with Visual Docking Guidance System, Fuel Hydrant System, Ground Power Units, Pre-conditioned Air. Besides, a flyover will be constructed at the Aerocity metro station junction to reduce travel time from T1 terminal to T3 terminal.
Delhi airport recently levied an arrival and departure tax on passengers to recover its investments in Terminal 3, which is around Rs 12,700 crores. The arrival tax was later discontinued, but the departure tax continues to be in operation.
Airports Authority of India (AAI) and a German company Frapport are the other wings of the DIAL consortium. GMR Group holds a 54% stake in DIAL. The trio is responsible for maintaining, designing, operating, and financing the airport for 30 years.
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