Lord Shiva Shortens Runway

NEW DELHI: The authorities that built the third runway at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport claim it's India's longest - but it's a
credit that remains on paper because of a curious problem.

For all practical purposes, the runway is today India's seventh longest, as almost a quarter of it is unusable. The IGI's new runway, rechristened (29/11), is touted as India's longest airstrip (4,430 metres). But an obstruction created by a 62-feet idol of Lord Shiva facing its landing approach in the east renders over a kilometre of the runway stretch unusable.

This makes the usable stretch shortened to 3,400 metres - making the runway shorter than airstrips in Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bangalore, in three other metros - Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai - and Delhi's own second runway and a little ahead of the Kochi airstrip

4 comments:

kaushik said...

i havent heard of this , where did you hear about this ...

Any takes on the coming diwali festival ... There should be a huge hullaballoo in delhi...

shelmes said...

Hey Kaushik,

I pulled this from Times of India. I'm looking forward to the Diwali festival, two days out and I can hear the crackle of fireworks in the distance!

Scott

kaushik said...

Well delhi & bombay are the two last beacons of a true diwali festival city... The rest of India seem to be going on the ecological ethic footpath.

So enjoy the sweets, the colors and the fireworks....

Dont try cracker-tricks if its your first time and remember to wash your hands before & after...

Funny thing: your word verification for comments asked me to enter dfwks .... a hint perhaps ???

avagdro said...

Interesting indeed.Thanks for sharing the information.

Cheers!!
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