Delhi airport’s T1 roof collapses: 1 dead, 6 injured

New Delhi, June 28 (UNI) A portion of roof at Delhi airport’s Terminal 1 (T1) collapsed due to heavy rain on Friday leaving one dead while at least six others were injured. The incident has led the airlines to temporarily halt operations from the terminal.

Minister of State for Civil Aviation Murlidhar Mohol confirmed the casualty and announced a compensation of Rs 20 lakh for the deceased’s family while Rs 3 lakh for each injured.

Mohol said that the aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has been instructed to carry out a high-level inquiry into the incident.

Meanwhile, as a safety measure, flights and all services at Terminal 1 have been suspended until 2 pm.

“Have directed airlines operating from Terminal 1 to issue refunds or provide alternate flights to affected passengers. All other airports will undergo a detailed structural inspection,” informed the Minister.

“Heavy rain in early morning today has resulted in the collapse of the canopy of Delhi Airport Terminal 1. As a result of which flights to and from Terminal 1 have been closed till further notice. Alternate arrangements are being made for smooth operation of the flights,” Ministry of Civil Aviation said in a post on ‘X’.

In its advisory, budget carrier IndiGo said that due to structural damage to Terminal flight operations are impacted.

“All flights scheduled to depart between 1000-1400 hrs have been cancelled,” the airline said.

Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) in a media statement said that due to heavy rain since early morning, a portion of the canopy at the old Departure forecourt of Delhi Airport’s Terminal 1 collapsed around 5 am.

“There are injuries reported, and emergency personnel are working to provide all necessary assistance and medical aid to those affected,” it said.

The DIAL spokesperson added: “As a result of this incident, all departures from Terminal 1 are temporarily suspended, and check-in counters are closed as a safety measure. We sincerely regret this disruption and apologize for any inconvenience caused.”

Several reports of water-logging and traffic jams have been reported from various parts of the capital.

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