Govt panel clears ToR norms for Rs16,0000 crore Delhi airport project
Environment ministry panel clears Terms of Reference (ToR) for Delhi airport expansion project, paving the way for environment impact assessment studies
New Delhi: Clearing the way for environmental impact assessment (EIA) studies mandatory before a planned Rs16,000 crore expansion of Delhi’s airport, an expert panel of the Union environment ministry has cleared Terms of Reference (ToR) for it.
ToRs are guidelines for conducting EIA studies of projects, based on which the environment ministry grants or rejects green clearance to a project.
Delhi International Airport Pvt. Ltd, which handles the administration of Delhi airport, has proposed the expansion of the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. The total area of the airport at present is 5,106 acres (2,066 ha). For expansion, no additional land will be acquired.
The ToR was recommended by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change’s (MoEFCC) Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) for infrastructure projects on 24-25 October.
“After detailed deliberations on the proposal, the committee recommended for grant of Terms of Reference …” said the minutes of the EAC’s meeting which were accessed by Mint.
During the meeting, the committee was told that the proposed expansion of the operational facilities is to raise passenger capacity from the current 62 million passengers per annum (mpa) to 109mpa and cargo handling capacity of 1.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) to 2.2mtpa by 2034.
The proposal also includes expansion of existing T1, T2 and T3 terminals and construction of a new terminal T4, expansion and construction of land-side facilities such as access roads, parking, bus staging, automatic passenger mover and metro rail, airside facilities such as runway, taxiways, aprons and other aeronautical facilities, cargo facilities, support facilities such as airport rescue and fire fighting (ARFF), fuel farms, administrative buildings, hotel, commercial establishments, flight catering facilities, airport administration buildings, power stations and commercial property development.
The total water consumption will also be increased from 6.7mld (million litres per day) to 24.47mld after expansion, which will be met from sources such as Delhi Jal Board, recycled treated water and ground water resources, the committee was told.
The committee said that EIA should specifically address the vehicular traffic management as well as estimation of vehicular parking area.
It asked for assessing impact of increased passenger flow on the traffic movement in and around the airport and connecting areas and drawing a management plan through the Central Road Research Institute.
“The expansion plan and the traffic management shall be dovetailed with the existing government schemes and plans for road and other infra structure augmentation,” the committee stipulated.
The expansion is significant as the area around the Delhi airport routinely faces traffic jams.
The committee also sought details on the appropriate process and materials to be used to encourage reduction in carbon footprint, as well as details of emission, effluents, solid waste and hazardous waste generation and their management.
“Air quality modelling and noise modelling shall be carried out for the emissions from various types of aircraft,” the committee said.