Source : Hindustan Times; June 30, 2017

The new 101.9-metre air traffic control (ATC) tower at the Delhi airport — touted to be the country’s tallest — is likely to start operations by December.

The airport operator has handed over the tower to the Airports Authority of India (AAI), whose chief said trial runs will begin soon.

“There is a delay as we have to take care of a lot of things. ATC operation is something that cannot be put on hold. We will start the trial run soon and there will tests for 2-3 months. After that parallel operations will start by December and gradually we will shift to the new tower,” said Guruprasad Mohapatra, AAI chairman.

The tower, among the tallest structures in Delhi, will give a 360-degree view of the airport to the controllers who will be able to see all the three runways, aprons and taxiways.

The tower, built at a cost of Rs 350 crore, has come up at a more centralised location. It is adjacent to the present tower and once ready, it will be the seventh tallest ATC tower in the world.