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Sunset at The Safdarjung Airport

Above you see a man admiring the Willingdon Airfield, now known as Safdarjung Airport in New Delhi. Once the main airport for the Delhi city until the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Palam was commissioned for passengers. It is still used for VIP aviation, general aviation purposes and small propeller planes. But since December 2009 this airport is under going a change – it is being converted into a parking lot with a capacity for 3000+ cars to be used during the Common Wealth Games. People who would like to drive down to Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium for the Grand Opening of the games can flash their ticket and park the cars airport. Yes, your entry ticket is a parking ticket as well. Estimated expense is of Rs. 50 Crores for this temporary parking. The pre-cast concrete pavers used for building this parking are supposed to be reused at the DTC Bus Depots.

Another news says, their is a 3 KM tunnel is also planned to the airport from Prime Minister’s house, who usually uses this airport for his helicopter rides and will also use the same tunnel in emergency situations.This sure will cut alot on the traffic halts we suffer due to VIP movements, coz PM’s gotta catch a plane and our time is not important for the nation!

Both the above initiatives are gonna help the citizens a lot, but am just curious after so many Common Wealth Games related corruption and over priced purchase news in the newspapers everyday, how much peoples money would have been wasted in this? Any ideas?

4 Comments

  1. A beauty !! Congrats !

  2. manoj tiwari

    Finally someone speaks.I can never forget ,how many times Ive strolled in on the broad sidewalks of this very flyover over 20 years ago..in the rain…looking at this vast expanse of green cradling the remains of a once proud airstrip…and I have always paused much like the man in the photo ..and thanked Delhi for sights like these…and here we are with the Games lording over our lives and blessing us with concrete….I hope when the temporary parking drama is over someone has a plan to let the city be and restore such an invaluable breath of fresh air in a city thats been torn apart in the name of …….forget it.And I hope Shashwat you can also capture whats left of Willingdon Crescent (MT Cresent) behind Rashtrapati Bhavan.What was a natural curve of trees ,some patches of grass and a low height red brick wall is now “adorned” with some crazy battlepaln of flower beds ,stone steps and ….
    Who will ever understand….sometimes simple natural lines are all you need…..but then you need to love the city to know that…instead of blessing it with more stone and concrete…Let the city be…

  3. AB

    Great photograph. The colours, the flaking wall, the contemplative silhouette are all magnificent

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