Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) announced the construction of a dedicated elevated corridor during the announcement of the expansion plan of Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) earlier this week. The dedicated corridor will help keep away vehicles carrying airport cargo from regular traffic, thus reducing congestion. 

According to a statement issued by DIAL, “This 3km long four-lane dedicated elevated road will provide hassle-free, safe and seamless movement of trucks carrying cargo to the airport and will not disrupt regular traffic. It will also ease the traffic movement on the airport’s main approach road — the Central Spine Road, which is currently being used by both passengers as well as cargo vehicles.”

DIAL has also said that with the expansion, Delhi airport will be the first airport to have a dedicated road for trucks carrying cargo into the cargo complex via the NH8. This dedicated road will also provide vehicles direct access to the cargo terminals and air cargo logistics centre (ACLC), including the upcoming cargo city, the airport operator added.

Additionally, the airport operator has a plan for another signal-free elevated corridor to improve connectivity between the domestic and international terminals. This additional corridor would be constructed at the Aerocity Metro station junction to reduce travel time between T1 and T3.

DIAL said, “The road will connect the Metro station to the Central Spine Road and then will take a 90-degree turn towards Mehram Nagar underpass. This will be signal-free and will reduce travel time between the two terminals.”

Further, the 8-lane Central Spine Road will be widened to 12 in order to handle the increased traffic.

On the passenger side, DIAL has exuded confidence that passenger handling capacity will go up to 100 million passengers per annum (MPPA) by 2022. DIAL has stated that in the future, the Delhi airport would be able to handle 140 million passengers per annum. In 2018, Delhi Airport handled 69.8 MPPA, as per official data released by DIAL.