Parul Sharma

NEW DELHI: The temporary extension of the domestic terminal 1-B at Indira Gandhi International Airport here that was designed to provide additional seating space for passengers during the fog season is now giving way to a new, improved, stronger structure.

Terminal 1-B was extended on the kerbside last year by the Delhi International Airport Limited for the convenience of travellers who had to wait for long hours because of numerous delays when fog wrought havoc with the flight schedules. This extension was attached to the terminal building for the convenience of passengers. A new structure is now replacing this extension.

This new structure that will come within the same dimensions and similar area will be a stronger and permanent building to deal with the ongoing summer season and the upcoming monsoon.

“We are replacing the temporary extension with an even better structure that will provide greater comfort to passengers during summers and monsoons. The earlier extension was meant only for the fog-related delays during winters. Since the weather was changing, it was no longer appropriate,” said a DIAL official.

“The new structure will be strong enough to bear air-conditioning which is important during summer. The new building will also be resistant to rains and strong winds. It will be waterproof so that waiting passengers do not have to deal with any problem of leaking roofs. This will be in addition to the recently initiated customer-friendly initiatives like free porters, traffic marshals and customer care executives,” added the official.

The new structure – like the erstwhile temporary extension – will be as broad as Terminal 1-B and be ready by June. At any given time it will be able to accommodate over 500 people.

The facilities like a flight information display system that was provided in the extension area to regularly update the passengers will also be installed in the new structure.

Arrangements have also been made to provide refreshments, food and beverages to passengers in the new structure.