Sunday, August 15, 2010

Power, Water Problems Delay Carriers' Shift To Delhi's Terminal 3


Aviation Daily Aug 16 , 2010 , p. 16
Neelam Mathews

The planned shift of most domestic carriers to the new Terminal 3 at New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport on Aug. 27 has been delayed to mid-September.

In a review of the terminal, the civil aviation minister and his team found that “the power supply is erratic, which is affecting the sophisticated baggage-handling and security equipment.”

The DAILY reported earlier that the new terminal was facing major issues with its information technology systems.

To meet the extra power requirement arising out of the additional load that will be taken up by domestic operations, the commissioning of a 220 KVA sub-station—which has been delayed—is an imminent requirement. It is expected to be set up by mid-September.

Another issue is that the water supply continues to be erratic. There is no comment from the ministry on how this issue will be resolved.

“The domestic airlines were to shift within a fortnight. How is it these problems were not taken into account earlier? We are in a state of flux and are neither here nor there,” says an airline official.

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