India’s First Dual Elevated Cross Taxiway Will Make Its Debut At Delhi’s IGI Airport On July 13

by Vaishalee Kalvankar

At Indira Gandhi International Airport, the country’s first dual elevated eastern cross taxiways (ECT) will be soon inaugurated. The fourth runway will also start operating on July 13. Currently  an airplane must travel 9 Km after landing on the third runway. This is to proceed to T1. The new taxiway will be reduced to 2 km by ECT. Even waiting times for flights will now be cut down from 20 to 25 minutes to about 10 minutes.

India’s First Dual Elevated Cross Taxiway At Delhi’s Airport

A 2.1 km long, dual-lane Elevated Cross Taxiway will be inaugurated at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. Jyotiraditya Scindia, the Union Minister for Civil Aviation, will inaugurate the same on July 13. 

With roads passing beneath it, it will be India’s first elevated cross-taxiway (Eastern Cross Taxiway, or ECT). According to Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), it will link the northern and southern airfields on the airport’s eastern side, saving passengers seven to twenty minutes depending on things like the planes’ landing directions. 

Officials claim that the Elevated Cross Taxiway will shorten aircraft taxiing distances, reduce aviation emissions, conserve natural resources like ATF, and improve operational effectiveness. 

Additionally, the taxiway is anticipated to optimise aircraft operations and taxiing paths, leading to an annual CO2 savings of about 55,000 tonnes. 

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Forth Runway Runs Parallel To Runway 11/29


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Even those travelling by car between T2 and T3 could see planes taxiing above them on the Elevated Cross Taxiway (ECT).

To create a tunnel beneath ECT, the Radisson road between Gurugram Circle and the Centaur Hotel will be straightened over a 1 km stretch, and ECT will construct an elevated bridge across Central Spine Road, to connect Mahipalpur and T3.

On the southern side, the fourth runway runs parallel to runway 11/29. It measures 75 metres in width and 4,400 metres in total length. 

The goals of ECT are to shorten aircraft taxiing distances, lower aircraft emissions, conserve natural resources like ATF, and improve operational effectiveness. (As per the Times Of India)

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