The Delhi airport (IGI) will soon be equipped with a high-tech air traffic control tower, with the latest communication and navigational equipment, which will allow a complete view of the three runaways, apron area and taxiway to provide better air traffic in the country. The 102 mts. traffic control tower, is being built at the cost of Rs. 350 crore, is to 21 controller positions in its visual control room and 12 ground controller positions at operational level. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) officials are going through a rigrous training process on Integrated Air Traffic Simulators to cope up with growing challenges in the air. The biggest challenge however would be to control the traffic while shifting facilities.
In an interview, A.K. Bhardwaj, GM, ATM, IGI Airport said that the the system would be run for three days or so. He also pointed out that officials would be working for 12-18 hours a day during this process.
It has to be noted that any such process has to be well defined through safety measures. Therefore, it becomes a very complex process to change control environments when it comes to air traffic.
The ever increasing air traffic at most major airports has been a pain for the auithorities for a while. With the new system in place, the AAI certainly plans to establish a better control and improve air traffic.
(with agency inputs)