Monday, November 29, 1999

Jal Board to supply water to IGI from June 15

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The Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, which has so far been making its own arrangements for water through borewells, will finally get municipal water supply June 15 onwards.Water utility Delhi Jal Board (DJB) will provide one million gallons of water to the airport everyday by pumping water from the Nangloi water treatment plant (WTP). Confirming the development, DJB CEO Ramesh Negi told Newsline: "The DJB will provide one MGD water to the airport from next month."Provision of DJB water to the airport was one of the projects under phase 1 of airport development, which also includes the completion of the new terminal T3 in July. It will increase the airport's capacity to over 30 million passengers per annum.The project, which has already been delayed by six months due to various land and funding related issues, is being implemented by Larsen and Toubro.The DJB had earlier demanded Rs 84 crore towards an infrastructure development fund from the airport operator Delhi International Airport Limited. DIAL, on its part, had requested a waiver. The matter was later taken up by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel at a meeting in December 2009, where it was suggested that the infrastructure development charges could not be waived. The project was finally financed by the government.The airport, which was so far not connected to the city's sewerage network, is also expected to have no waterlogging this monsoon. Drainage has been considered to be one of the major problems plaguing the new runway, which has a gradient of about 16 feet, with the NH-8 end being higher. As a result, while there is no water-logging on the runway, rainwater gets accumulated on the Dwarka side. Now, sewage pipelines have been laid in six villages around the airport to collect sewage and transport it to the Kapashera STP."The sewerage system around the airport is to be completed by June this year... There will be no sewage standing inside the airport, as the drain will carry the entire flow to the Najafgarh drain," Negi said.

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