Due to the removal of the carpet, the Delhi airport Terminal 3's floor was proving to be too slippery, not only for flyers but also the CISF staff. As a result of this, a special committee was formed by CISF to replace shoes of 4,000 personnel at Delhi airport.
Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport takes good step for flyers! If you travel frequently from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport and worry about slippery floors at Terminal 3 (T3), here is some good news for you. The Delhi airport has recently taken certain slip-resistant measures in order to ensure the safety of flyers. According to an HT report, due to the removal of the carpet, the Delhi airport Terminal 3’s floor was proving to be too slippery, not only for flyers but also the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) staff. As a result of this, a special committee was formed by CISF to replace shoes of 4,000 personnel at Delhi airport.
According to Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) officials, the floor is as per international standards and is completely user-friendly. They were quoted in the report saying that to ensure the safety of flyers as well as other users on the newly installed floor on the ramp, additional slip-resistant measures have been taken. They further said that the carpet is being removed in a phased manner from both sides of the travellator in T3 departure piers. DIAL also has plans to reuse the carpet. DIAL stated that they will scrap the worn-out part of the carpet, and clean the parts that are in good condition for reuse.
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According to DIAL sources quoted in the report, nearly 30% of the carpet has been removed so far and the entire process will be over by next year. Of the 170,000 square metre carpet, around 30,000 square metre will be removed and most part is near the travellators.
Many flyers have complained about the slow movement of trolleys on the carpet. Also, security officials have mentioned difficulties in walking dog squad.
Installed in 2010, the carpet at IGI airport’s T3 was manufactured in Mulshi, near Pune, and transported to the national capital in pieces. However, DIAL never revealed the cost of carpet and maintained that it is part of the project cost of T3, worth Rs 6,750 crore. It is being expected that the cost of replacing the shoes of the CISF staff at the airport is likely to be Rs 35-40 lakh and that is why the committee formed by CISF will decide if it is cost-effective or not, the report said.