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Aviation minister arrives at Delhi airport unexpectedly, amid disorder and overcrowding complaints

Union Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia made a surprise visit to Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), Delhi, after receiving complaints of congestion and overcrowding.

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New Delhi: Union Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia made a surprise visit to Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), Delhi, after receiving complaints of congestion and overcrowding.

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Jyotiraditya Scinda talked with the officials at the airport. The surprise visit came after he summoned a meeting with the senior officials and management boards of the country’s key airports. The meeting took place amid complaints of congestion, delays due to crowds, and a dearth of staff to tackle such problems.

Such types of complaints regarding overcrowding, long queues, and other issues were flooded on social media. The Ministry of Civil Aviation and Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) have prepared a four-point plan that will be implemented soon for the immediate solution of the issues being faced by passengers at the Delhi airport.

Carelessness on the part of airport authorities has led to a heavy rush in the lounge. Passengers have to wait for two to three hours before the departure of the flight.

Know four-point action plans

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To increase the number of X-ray screening systems at the airport from 14 to 16. Apart from this, there is an addition of one Automatic Tray Retrieval System (ATRS) machine and two standard X-ray machines. Two additional entry points—Gate 1A and Gate 8B—will be adapted for passenger usage.

The airport authorities have been working to reduce the number of peak-hour departures from 19 to 14 at Delhi airport’s Terminal 3.

Landing cards will be distributed on board and filled out prior to arrival to reduce lines at immigration counters.

X-ray capacity for baggage to be assessed

Security personnel capacity expansion and hand baggage screening

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Scindia explained, “Longer-term technological improvements for security and baggage drop-off processing.”

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