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    India : Indira Gandhi International Airport

    India's new airport dazzles
    Jul 4, 2010

    Details about the new terminal

    * The terminal will handle international and domestic travellers and is due to receive its first flight on July 14.

    * Built to coincide with Delhi's hosting of the Commonwealth Games in October, the facility boasts over 90 automated walkways and 20,000 square metres of shopping space.

    * While Delhi's sleek metro, now in the second phase of expansion, has been one of India's biggest building success stories, many infrastructure projects get mired in corruption, missed deadlines and ballooning costs.

    * Constructed on nine levels, the terminal will be able to handle 34 million passengers a year - a capacity urgently needed to cope with surging air traffic in the country of 1.2 billion people.

    * The government expects an annual 10 per cent increase in domestic air passengers to 180 million by 2020, while it says international traffic could top 50 million in another decade.

    * Improving India's famously decrepit infrastructure - crumbling roads, shabby airports, ramshackle railways and ports and erratic power supply - is critical to accelerating growth, economists say.

    * The economy is expected to expand by at least 8.5 percent this year.

    * It was built through a public-private partnership headed by south India-based GMR Group - a financial model seen as the most viable for India to execute large infrastructure projects because it eases the burden on scarce government resources.[
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    Futuristic-looking lights yesterday illuminating India's latest pride and joy - the Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3.

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    NEW DELHI - FREQUENT travellers to India are in for quite a shock the next time they fly in to New Delhi's international airport with its new state-of-the-art terminal.

    For years, arrivals at Delhi's main airport were greeted by the grim sight of dingy walls, dim lighting, congested counters and the smell of overflowing toilets when they went near a washroom.

    But now, with the new Terminal 3, a futuristic US$2.7-billion (S$3.8 billion) facility in glass-and-steel, the capital finally has a showcase airport that chimes with India's global aspirations.

    The sky-lit terminal, one of the world's largest, 'signals the arrival of a new India, committed to joining the ranks of modern industrialised nations', Premier Manmohan Singh said at the inauguration ceremony on Saturday.

    Sprawling over four square kilometres, the terminal was completed by an Indian-led consortium in just 37 months - a huge achievement in a country where major infrastructure projects regularly run years over schedule.

    'India has never been recognised as able to build an infrastructure project on time, but we have demonstrated that we are capable of beating anyone else - and on this massive scale,' said Aviation Minister Praful Patel.

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    Unfortunately, once you walk out of the airport, you're in India.

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    Mumbai and Delhi international airports have to be the worst two in the world.
    I have had the misfortune of using both quite a few times,not good.
    When i was air side at Mumbai airport last year even the cleaning staff were begging.
    Money,money didn't give any tight bastard i am.

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    lived in goa for 2yrs so used mumbai lots of times , the place was a shit hole.. you talk about the cleaning staff begging even the soilders were at it ..if you wanted a smoke you had to go outside ,daytime iffy , nightime dangerous ..........

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    lived in goa for 2yrs so used mumbai lots of times , the place was a shit hole.. you talk about the cleaning staff begging even the soilders were at it ..if you wanted a smoke you had to go outside ,daytime iffy , nightime dangerous ..........

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    India has to have the worst airports in the world, please correct me if I'm wrong, I landed in Goa airport almost 22 years ago and I don't think it has improved much to date

    At least if you were traveling through Bombay airport I could use the Taj lounge or the Oberoi.

    People complain about Thailand then go to India, about 9 years ago I was living in Bangkok and I took my then g/f to India and we landed in Bombay about 8-30pm her face was a fuking picture, I said don't ever tell me Thais have no money, take a look around these people really have no money

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    I lived in India from 83-86. When we would transit Bombay on the way to Delhi, my wife would always bring rubber bands and paper clips. We would then sit in a corner of the departure lounge and pass the time shooting at the rats that were running all over the furniture. Doubt it has changed much.

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    goa airport not to bad ,last time i was there was 5-6 yrs back and work going on ,but you could get food n drink anytime ..as you know as soon as your outside of airport the poverty hits you full on .. people had fk all , but for me nicest i have ever had the pleasure to meet .. also way in front of thailand education wise .. where i lived ASVEM.. monsoon time electric nil ... season time ..maybe ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    I lived in India from 83-86. When we would transit Bombay on the way to Delhi, my wife would always bring rubber bands and paper clips. We would then sit in a corner of the departure lounge and pass the time shooting at the rats that were running all over the furniture. Doubt it has changed much.
    some of the rats were bigger than the indians ...

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    We came in a few times in the early morning hours - arrive around 4AM and have to wait until 8AM for the Delhi flight. Nothing was open - ever. At that time of the morning, the rats ruled. And yes, some of them were as big as house cats.

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    i know what you mean i landed mumbai a few times 12 am plus nothing to eat or drink until 7-8 am when it opened up.. i just used to make sure i had enough smokes on me to take away the hunger pains ,and 9 times out of 10 if you went to sleep you would get eaten by the local wildlife or robbed ....

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    Is this an Indian bashing tread ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spikebs4
    some of the rats were bigger than the indians ...
    Yeah you're right and they move a dam site faster than the Indians do!

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    Could you not afford a direct flight to Thailand or were you just being another cheapo ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bold Rodney View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by spikebs4
    some of the rats were bigger than the indians ...
    Yeah you're right and they move a dam site faster than the Indians do!

    Rats do not demand a wage and hold up traffic for hours on end.

    Atleast the rat is providing entertainment for visiting bums.

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    whos talking about thailand ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 12Call View Post
    Could you not afford a direct flight to Thailand or were you just being another cheapo ?
    That's not a lot of good if you have business in India,sorry boss will fly straight over India so forget the nice contract you had in mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 12Call View Post
    Is this an Indian bashing tread ?
    If it is then just substitute Dhaka airport in Bangladesh - exactly the bloody same !


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    Quote Originally Posted by klong toey View Post
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    Could you not afford a direct flight to Thailand or were you just being another cheapo ?
    That's not a lot of good if you have business in India,sorry boss will fly straight over India so forget the nice contract you had in mind.
    I do not have to live in India to sell to India. (contacts in India)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 12Call View Post
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    Could you not afford a direct flight to Thailand or were you just being another cheapo ?
    That's not a lot of good if you have business in India,sorry boss will fly straight over India so forget the nice contract you had in mind.
    I do not have to live in India to sell to India. (contacts in India)
    Don't tell me you had sex with one of the cleaning ladies at the airport.
    Not the kind of contacts in India i want,but you seem to be happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klong toey View Post
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    Could you not afford a direct flight to Thailand or were you just being another cheapo ?
    That's not a lot of good if you have business in India,sorry boss will fly straight over India so forget the nice contract you had in mind.
    I do not have to live in India to sell to India. (contacts in India)
    Don't tell me you had sex with one of the cleaning ladies at the airport.
    Not the kind of contacts in India i want,but you seem to be happy.
    No and happy as a clam that Europe won The Ryder Cup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    Unfortunately, once you walk out of the airport, you're in India.
    Actually you smell that when you get out of the plane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 12Call View Post
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    Could you not afford a direct flight to Thailand or were you just being another cheapo ?
    That's not a lot of good if you have business in India,sorry boss will fly straight over India so forget the nice contract you had in mind.
    I do not have to live in India to sell to India. (contacts in India)
    oooooooohhhhhhhhhh you clever puppy

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    Quote Originally Posted by spikebs4 View Post
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    Could you not afford a direct flight to Thailand or were you just being another cheapo ?
    That's not a lot of good if you have business in India,sorry boss will fly straight over India so forget the nice contract you had in mind.
    I do not have to live in India to sell to India. (contacts in India)
    oooooooohhhhhhhhhh you clever puppy
    I can always mean we !

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