The Government of India has opened the tallest air traffic control tower (ATCT) in the country at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in New Delhi.
The new Delhi Air Traffic Service Complex (DATS- Complex) facility was inaugurated by civil aviation Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.
DATS- Complex is designed to improve safety and operational efficiency at India’s busiest airport.
It was developed at a cost of Rs3.5bn ($48.47m), which included the deployment of all necessary ATCT equipment.
The new complex features three buildings: Aerodrome Control Tower, Area and Approach Control Services Building and the Administrative Block.
Minister Puri said: “This iconic infrastructure is a necessary step to up-scale the services and systems to ensure efficient, smooth and uninterrupted air traffic management.”
The ATCT has positions for 21 and 12 tower and ground controllers at levels 26 and 25 respectively.
These positions will enable the tower to support operations at Delhi IGI airport.
DATS- Complex is equipped with an internet protocol-based voice communication system to improve very high-frequency (VHF) coverage under control.
The ATCT also features advanced radar and ADS enabled automation systems, as well as electronic flight stripes instead of paper stripes in ATC units.
According to the Economic Times, the 102m tower is capable of handling more than 1,200 daily flights.
Airports Authority of India (AAI) chairman Anuj Agrawal said that DATS- Complex will handle up to 75 flights at peak hours.
Earlier this month, reports emerged that DIAL, the operator of the Indira Gandhi International Airport, is planning to invest Rs98bn ($1.38bn) to fund the expansion.