PM to take stock of Delhi airport problems and expansion(Lead)

May 20th, 2008 - 8:54 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be briefed by top officials including Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia on the problems being faced by passengers in the expansion of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here, official sources said Tuesday. “Ahluwalia will write to the prime minister, giving details of his talks with the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) officials and measures that are being taken to decongest the airport,” an official said.

Ahluwalia last week held a couple of meetings with GMR Infrastructure chief G.M. Rao and other officials responsible for the expansion of the airport that has led to untold misery for thousands of arriving and departing passengers every day.

Ahluwalia had a long review meeting with DIAL officials May 12.

However, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel did not appreciate the meeting and wrote to Ahluwalia May 13, blaming the Planning Commission for delay in modernisation of Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai airports.

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