Immigration bay of Delhi airport to undergo design change soon

Immigration bay of Delhi Airport is likely to be completed in three months, without causing any disruptions in the present immigration clearance time

Delhi airport immigration bay

New Delhi: The immigration bay of Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport in New Delhi will undergo a design change to deal with huge rush of passengers. This was one of the measures being taken by the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL)-GMR to ease the boarding problem for the air passengers.

Union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla on Monday held a high-level meeting in New Delhi with the major stakeholders to review streamlining of infrastructure at Delhi airport. The  secretary, ministry of civil aviation, chairman, Airports Authority of India (AAI); director general, Bureau of Civil Aviation Safety (BCAS);  Bureau of Immigration, Delhi Police, DIAL GMR and security agencies attended the meeting.

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The meeting was informed that a steady ramping up of capacities had taken place since the last review meeting held on December 15, 2022. Many important steps have been taken including close monitoring and revised scheduling of air slots has reduced incidents of bunching of flights.

To facilitate quicker immigration, additional counters have been made functional along with posting of adequate manpower. Baggage scanners have been increased by doubling up the capacity in domestic bay. Immigration counter area has been de-cluttered.

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Delhi Police has increased deployment for the traffic lane management.

It was also informed that on the basis of a stakeholder committee evaluation, the DIAL GMR has revised a modern layout plan for the immigration bay. This is likely to be completed in three months, without causing any disruptions in the present immigration clearance time. The proposal includes setting up of documentation and biometrics booths in walkways to avoid cluttering in the immigration bay.

The union home secretary assured to coordinate and requested the stakeholders to maintain the pace in streamlining the departure and arrivals in Delhi airports.

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