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IGI new terminal: Wind blows off false roof panel

The Rs 500-crore,swanky new terminal 1D at the Indira Gandhi International Airport witnessed yet another mishap on Monday...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
May 6, 2009 1:07:34 am

The Rs 500-crore,swanky new terminal 1D at the Indira Gandhi International Airport witnessed yet another mishap on Monday,when a larger portion of the roof was blown away and another portion leaked and caused pools of water to form inside the terminal as Delhi experienced its first showers of the season.

“The incident happened near the boarding gate towards the airside. Though it is technically not a passenger area,passengers need to take that route while boarding. No one was injured,” an airport official said.

There were pools of water in the security hold area. Airlines officials said rainwater dripped on the airlines’ counters as well. “It caused some inconvenience to us and the passengers,” an airline official said on condition of anonymity.

Officials of the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL),the airport operator,confirmed the incident. “On May 4 evening,a small panel of the false ceiling of the bus boarding canopy at Terminal 1D came loose due to strong winds,” a DIAL spokesperson said. “The gate has not been put to use yet and the DIAL staff immediately attended to the problem. The panel is being replaced.”

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In another unrelated development,some water accumulated in the ticketing area outside Terminal 1D when the water-sprinkler system in that area was being tested. The water was cleaned up and there was no disruption in operations.

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