New Delhi: A new 100-metre high air traffic
control tower, with special features and state-of-the-art
equipment and software, will be established at the Indira
Gandhi International airport here by mid-2012.
"Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) and Airports
Authority of India (AAI) have planned to develop a new ATC
tower for IGI airport at a centralised location," Civil
Aviation Minister Praful Patel informed the Lok Sabha today.
The proposed 100-metre tower, estimated to cost Rs 350
crore and with a completion date of mid-2012, will provide a
clear view of aprons, taxiways, runways and airspace
surrounding the airport, particularly approach and departure
areas, he said.
"It would have state-of-the-art equipment and software to
support modern air traffic control at a busy growing airport
and provide much higher levels of operational safety and
efficiencies," Patel said.
It would also check delays in air traffic services like
ground movement control, aerodrome control, arrival and
departure control, en-route control, traffic flow management
with a view to minimise delays through automation, predictive
analysis and collaborative decision making features at the IGI
The visual control tower at 95 metre would provide
all-round view of the airport. The complex will also have
meteorological facilities, search and rescue and
"Special attention would be given in design of the new
facilities for training of controllers and navigational aid
technicians to constantly improve their skills.
"Facilities are also planned for their fitness and
recreation so as to promote high level of mental alertness and
physical fitness to the controllers and other staff members
who work under high stress while controlling air traffic
services," Patel said.
Apart from it, the tower would have two lifts -- one of
which offer a panoramic view with a glass enclosure.