The LG appreciated the DDA for improving the drainage system of IGIA.

New Delhi: Delhi Lt Governor VK Saxena appreciated the DDA's efforts in constructing a new drain near the IGI airport so that it remains flood-free during the recent rains, an official statement said on Thursday.

After the airport's runway and terminal were flooded in 2019, the Indira Gandhi International Airport authorities approached the Delhi Development Authorities (DDA), which in 2020 built a drain connecting the airport to TD-2. started However, it stuck. Raj Niwas said in a statement on Thursday that due to the lack of permission from the Delhi government for over two years.

After assuming office, the LG asked the DDA to approach the High Court which then directed the Delhi government to grant the required permissions, which finally came in August 2022, the statement said.

An official statement last year said that the existing two drains at the IGI airport have proved inadequate to drain rainwater from the airport, leading to flooding in and around the airport during frequent heavy rains. Water accumulates.

DDA, then working under the direct supervision of LG, completed the project in a record time of 15 months. It said it was inaugurated in December 2023. A drainage system has been constructed to channelize rain and storm water discharge from the IGI Airport to the Najafgarh Drain, which is also maintained by the DDA.

In a recent assessment, the LG was informed that the drain overflowed its maximum capacity of 80 cubic meters on the day of heavy rain on June 28. It successfully diverted runoff from the airport and its neighboring areas, making the airport and the area water-free for the first time in many years, the statement said.

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