New Delhi: Union MoS for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri inaugurated the Delhi Air Traffic Services (DATS) Complex of Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Monday. While addressing the gathering on this occasion, the minister said, "With a phenomenal growth, the Civil Aviation sector is driving the economic growth of the country."
AAI Chairman Anuj Aggarwal said, "With the new ATC Tower, AAI aims to improve the operational efficiency of IGI Airport. The state-of-the-art automation systems will ensure reliable and efficient air navigation services." Pradeep Singh Kharola, Secretary at Ministry of Civil Aviation, complimented AAI's consistent efforts towards ensuring safe air navigation operations.
The new complex comprises of three buildings namely Aerodrome Control Tower, Area & Approach Control Services Building and the Administrative Block. It has been constructed at a cost of around Rs 250 crores and Rs 100 crores have been spent on procurement of equipment. Most modern Air Navigation Systems and Advanced ATC Automation System have been installed to enhance the safety and capacity of Air Traffic operations.
The ATC Tower at DATS is the tallest Air Traffic Control tower (102 meters high) in India and is also one among the tallest in the world. New Control Tower gives a panoramic view of the large operational area, including the runways, taxiways and parking stand for real-time awareness of aircraft movements to Air Traffic Controllers.
New Air Navigation Services Setup, with upgraded equipment and systems, is designed to enhance the safety and the efficiency of Air Traffic Management Services at Delhi's IGI Airport. The Control Tower has 21 additional Controller Positions at level 26 and 12 Ground Controller Positions at level 25. These positions will enable the New ATC Tower to be future-ready for the big expansion planned at IGI Airport. The expansion plan includes the construction of a fourth runway and many new parking stands/taxiways.