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At which airport in India, the country's first elevated cross taxiway service has been started on 14 July 2023?
Varanasi International Airport
Mumbai International Airport
Indira Gandhi International Airport
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Indira Gandhi International Airport

Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport is all set to inaugurate its 2.1 km long dual lane Elevated Cross Taxiway on July 14, 2023. In addition to this, the fourth runway at the airport will also become operational on Thursday.

The inauguration of ECT will cut short the waiting time in an aircraft from 20-25 minutes to 10 minutes. India's first Elevated Cross Taxiway will be inaugurated by Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia. Here are the key points you need to know about the amazing ECT at Indira Gandhi Airport.

Key highlights of India's first Elevated Cross Taxiway at Delhi's IG airport

* Total length of the dual-lane ECT is 2.1 kilometres. It will link the Northern and Southern airfields on the eastern side of the airport.

* Passenger experience : The waiting time inside the airplane after landing is expected to fall significantly, as planes will take lesser time after landing to reach Terminal 1. The same goes for the process of take-off. The distance that an aircraft needs to cover, after landing on the third runway and going to T1, will be reduced to 2 kms from the present 9 km.

* Less waiting time : As ECT will reduce the distance between the two airfields, it will also help in saving around twenty to seven minutes of passengers before take-off. However, it also depends upon factors like directions of aircraft landing, said Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL)

* Main benefits of the ECT : According to DIAL officials, after the inauguration of ECT, airport authority would be able to reduce aircraft emissions, save natural resources like ATF, and enhance operational efficiency. ECT will mainly cut short the taxiing distances of aircraft.

* Carbon emissions : A minor reduction in distance between airfields can make a big difference in CO2 emissions. The taxiway is expected to optimise taxiing routes and aircraft operations. With this, it would be able to save approximately 55,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum and will contribute to achieving a "Net Zero Carbon Emission Airport' by 2030.

* India's first elevated taxiway : The first-of-its-kind taxiway has made Indira Gandhi International Airport to be India's first airport to have ECT. "This historic feat is a testimonial to DIAL's commitment to creating environmentally sustainable architecture and becoming a 'Net Zero Carbon Emission Airport' by 2030. With Eastern Cross Taxiway, the Delhi Airport has become India's first Airport to have an elevated taxiway in the country, which will not only enhance passenger experience but also make Delhi Airport future-ready," said Prabhakara Rao, deputy MD of GMR Group.

 * Strong and sturdy structure of ECF : The dual lane elevated Code F taxiways are also capable of ensuring to the safe and simultaneous passage of two big aircraft..

Source : Mint

Published On : July 10, 2023