Delhi Airport Terminal 1 Shuts Down After Rain-Induced Roof Collapse

The downpour led to the collapse of a significant portion of Terminal 1 at the city's main domestic airport, resulting in one death and extensive damage
Delhi Airport T1 Shuts Down
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New Delhi's domestic Terminal 1, a key hub for millions of travellers, is now closed indefinitely after a major roof collapse triggered by heavy rain last week. The tragic incident, which claimed one life and caused extensive damage, has left debris scattered around the site and raised serious concerns about infrastructure safety and regulatory compliance in India.

The terminal is a crucial part of the airport, mainly used by low-cost airlines like IndiGo and SpiceJet. It has the capacity to handle 40 million passengers annually. However, with its closure, the two other terminals at the airport, which also handle domestic flights, will have to take on more traffic, leading to increased pressure and potential disruptions.

The collapse has highlighted some of the challenges faced by the Indian government in maintaining and upgrading infrastructure projects. Growing concerns about the regulation and compliance standards need to be addressed to prevent such incidents in the future. According to reports, the terminal will not reopen until a thorough inspection is completed to ensure safety, and it could take a few weeks to fix the issue if it's minor; it might take over a month if the problem is significant.

Before this incident, Terminal 1 had recently been expanded and refurbished, and flight operations from this terminal were gradually resuming. The airport handles around 1,400 flights daily across its three terminals, but Terminal 1 was operating at less than 15 per cent capacity due to ongoing developments.

Delhi Airport T1 Shuts Down
Delhi Airport Terminal 1 Shuts Down/RepresentationalShutterstock

Heavy rain in New Delhi has caused widespread disruptions, highlighting the city's vulnerability to extreme weather. Public transport services were delayed, and waterlogged streets disrupted daily life. The incident underscores the need for better infrastructure and emergency preparedness in the face of unpredictable weather conditions.

(With inputs from multiple reports)

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