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A joint ven­ture con­sor­tium of Group, AAI, Fra­port AG & Malaysia Air­port Hold­ing Board, Delhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port (P) Lim­ited was awarded the con­ces­sion to op­er­ate, man­age & de­velop the Air­port fol­low­ing an In­ter­na­tional Com­pet­i­tive Bid­ding process in 2006. signed an Op­er­a­tions, Man­age­ment & De­vel­op­ment Agree­ment with the AAI on 4 April 2006 and em­barked upon its jour­ney of air­port mod­erni­sa­tion.

at the helm of op­er­a­tions, I Prab­hakara Rao, sits in the New Udaan Bha­van, his of­fice dot­ted with tro­phies and ci­ta­tions (over 30 in he says) has won in the last cou­ple of years.

With over 27 years of ex­pe­ri­ence un­der his belt, Rao has done stints at Dur­ga­pur Steel Plant, Usha Fans, Lak­shmi Au­to­matic Loom Works, Re­gency Ce­ram­ics and Prud­hvi In­dus­tries be­fore he joined

In 2006, Rao en­tered the world of avi­a­tion with The man­date: mod­erni­sa­tion of the ex­ist­ing ter­mi­nal and the con­struc­tion of a new one with over 5 lakh sq me­tres and world class spec­i­fi­ca­tions, fin­ishes and spe­cial­ist air­port equip­ment. And all of it to be ac­com­plished by March 2010 i.e. ahead of the Com­mon­wealth Games. Con­struc­tion at this pace is un­prece­dented not just in this coun­try but the world over.

then pro­ceeded to not only build Asia’s long­est run­way, com­pat­i­ble for land­ing wide bod­ied air­cras, but also took up the chal­lenge to con­struct Ter­mi­nal 3 in 37 months.

Lead­ing global air­port ex­perts claim that to be an im­pos­si­ble task. “How­ever, we proved them all wrong. We did it with metic­u­lous plan­ning and at­ten­tion to mi­cro de­tails,” says Rao. Co­or­di­nat­ing with al­most 60 gov­ern­ment de­part­ments wasn’t easy, he adds with a smile.

With a mas­ter­plan in place, more than 30,000 work­ers toiled for over 18 months to mod­ernise and build. The run­way that was to be com­pleted by 2009 was ready for use in Au­gust 2008. In 2006 it was a forested area filled with sewage wa­ter. In fact, when they be­gan clear­ing the for­est, they even found an aban­doned plane!

When they de­cided to mod­ernise what is to­day Ter­mi­nal 1D, they re­alised the ex­ist­ing struc­tures of Ter­mi­nal 1 were not strong enough to be mod­ernised, hence, de­cided to build a new ter­mi­nal, T-1D. What they ac­com­plished, be­sides the nu­mer­ous in­ter­na­tional awards re­ceived along the way, in­cludes – 15 km of high­way; a 5.5 mil­lion sq  build­ing, 80,000 draw­ings de­tail­ing var­i­ous as­pects of the mas­ter plan, a 4.4 km, 75 m wide run­way, a fully au­to­mated bag­gage oper­at­ing sys­tem that is closely mon­i­tored via CCTV, rain wa­ter har­vest­ing and wa­ter con­ser­va­tion process to cut us­age to a fih of what is re­quired in pro­por­tion to its size, and of course mil­lions of sat­is­fied pas­sen­gers.

So how do they man­age all of it? Fo­cus, de­ter­mi­na­tion, mi­cro plan­ning, think­ing ahead and be­ing ready to meet the de­mand – in this case pas­sen­ger traf­fic – even be­fore need arises, un­der­stand­ing and work­ing with the ex­ist­ing sys­tems, op­ti­mally, an­swers Rao.

From an air­port that had the ca­pac­ity of 12 mppa in 2006, when the ac­tual traf­fic was al­ready at 16 mppa and with the rat­ing it the low­est on its list, the Delhi air­port to­day has a ca­pac­ity of over 60 mppa, against the de­mand of 36 -37 mppa and has been rated num­ber 2 by in the cat­e­gory of 25-40 mppa air­ports world­wide.

In sub­se­quent stages, the air­port will be de­vel­oped to have more ter­mi­nals and run­ways in a mod­u­lar man­ner, and to form a U shaped com­plex with an ul­ti­mate de­sign ca­pac­ity of 100 mppa.

To­day, 1,480 em­ploy­ees work at han­dling 36 mil­lion pas­sen­gers and three run­ways. Pas­sen­gers have the free­dom to roam around and have lots to help them pass their time plea­sur­ably — a tran­sit ho­tel, Wi-Fi con­nec­tiv­ity, multi-level park­ing, lounges, in­ter­na­tional duty free shop­ping, F&B out­lets, shop­ping, you name it and they have it.

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