Terminal T3 – The beginning
In 2006, India won the bid for the 2010 Commonwealth Games and they were going to be held at Delhi. It was decided to build an international terminal of the likes of Changi terminal in Singapore. The deadline given was July 2010, just before the commencement of the Commonwealth Games. The Terminal T3 project was handed over to GMR group headed by project manager Prabhakar Rao, age 50. Chinese workers were hired for glasswork around the terminal. Singapore company is handling the steel and American company is handling the aerobridges.
Terminal T3 – Completion within 37 months
On May 4, 2006, GMR group took over the Delhi Airport for this engineering marvel construction. With just about 40 months in hand, this task seemed almost impossible with the Changi terminal taking over 70 months. With all the state of the art facilities, work was started for Terminal T3 finally in September 2006 and continuous work was carried out.
At the peak requirement, almost 1000 trucks of stone and mud were driven into the airport every night. Almost 37000 workers were hired to carry out the work. All these workers were housed within the airport premises with the entire motivational requirement. A team of 35000 workers, 300 engineers worked 24x7 to make this impossible job possible.
After 37 months of immense workload, finally the team would feel proud of their achievement. They have achieved the impossible. A brand new Terminal T3 is finally ready at the Delhi airport and will be inaugurated on 3rd July.
Terminal T3 – A sneak peak
1. Capacity – 34 million passengers per year
2. 168 check-in counters
3. 49 immigration desks and 50 emmigration desks.
4. 92 traveloters (automatic walkways)
5. Vitrified tiles with Kashmiri carpets over a span of almost half a km each.
6. Total area of the Terminal T3 - 4km
7. 80% of the structure used for the terminal is glass and the sun's rays reflect from the glass with a sense of pride amoung the people of Delhi.
8. Interiors are built with gypsum-based drywalls to reduce noise.
9. Longest driveway to the Terminal T3.
10. Six storeyed parking space for buses, cars, bikes and trailers at the Terminal T3.
11. One kilometer long passenger terminal at Terminal T3.
12. There are a whopping 78 aerobridges, the highest at any site in the world.
13. Security cameras, grey-coloured ticketing counters, large LCD displays and CISF soldiers in their uniforms are hired to start functionality of the Terminal T3
14. Completed in a record time of just 37 months.
Terminal T3 – An engineering marvel in India
With very few things to boast about for the Indian engineers, this marvel is a truly wonderful achievement. As Indians we must salute these people for achieving the impossible. The Terminal T3 has become an ideal for engineering and people from around the globe are flocking Delhi to see this amazing achievement. Soon, the structure will be open and don't miss to catch the live opening on 3rd July, 2010. The Terminal T3 is as is said an engineering marvel in India.
I haven't seen the terminal but those who have seen it are gushing about it. Besides its time the goventment started to improve our infrastructure to match the economic pace that we are setting our eyes on.
Yes, Delhi's Terminal-3 has its unique identity in India. The interior design itself indicates that as an engineering marvel in India. The architects and engineers have made a marvellous job and this airport has shown its supremacy over the other two airports Hyderabad and Bangalore.