New Delhi: Lending their hand to relief operations in Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) has sent six high-powered, sophisticated water pumps to the state to help authorities in draining out the accumulated flood water.
DIAL, which operates the Delhi airport, has dispatched the first lot of six high power, sophisticated de-watering pumps, along with a team of six trained operators to Jammu and Kashmir, a DIAL spokesperson said.
Giving details about the features of the pumps, he said, each pump is powered by 100 HP (horse power) diesel engine and can pump up to seven lakh litres of water per hour.
These 1.3 tonne giant pumps, which measure 9ftx5ftx6ft in size, are ideal to handle the J&K flood situation with auto priming vacuum assistant and anti-clogging features.
"With heavy duty features, each pump can work for extended hours and should be an asset to the authorities as they work towards draining the accumulated water," he said, adding the consignment also includes over 1,300 feet of 200 mm diameter pipelines for rapid extraction of stagnant water.
Due to the large size of the pumps, it were ferried by Indian Air Force in its state-of-the-art C-17 aircraft.
Commenting on the preparedness, DIAL CEO I Prabhakara Rao said, "We are handling all incoming flights from Jammu-Kashmir with full care. It is our opportunity to serve our fellow nationals who have been hit by an unprecedented natural calamity."
He said that DIAL's terminal operations team were helping passengers arriving from the flood affected areas by providing them drinking water, phone calling cards and wi-fi network.
"The teams on the ground were extending all possible assistance in helping them reach their desired destination in this hour of great crisis," Rao said.
At least 280 people lost their life and thousands of houses were damaged during the recent floods, considered to be the worst in 109 years, in Jammu and Kashmir.