650,000 tons in 6 months for the New Delhi airport

Airport paving projects in New Delhi

Gandhi Airport Asphalt
The Delhi International Airport is currently being rebuilt. The international terminal is scheduled for total completion in 2010, whereas Runway 3, one of the longest in Asia, will be finished in 2008 and will be capable of accommodating the Airbus A 380. This major project is a good example of a public private partnership. The consortium includes the GMR group of India, Airports Authority of India, Fraport, Malaysian Airport and the India Development Fund. This financial consortium will build and operate the airport for a period of 30 years.


  • 4,430m- long runway
  • A 50cm-thick cement-gravel base, topped with three 8cm-thick layers of asphalt
  • Total of 650,000 tonnes of asphalt to be laid over a 6-month period
  • 58,000 m3 of concrete and 5,4 million tonnes of aggregates

The L&T Company, which was the successful tenderer for the construction package, is also performing the engineering works. The contract also includes the construction of taxiways, a new terminal and technical buildings such as the security premises.

To complete this contract in record time, L&T is using two MARINI 260 T/hour and 200 T/hour hot-mix plants. This is the largest production capacity ever installed in India. Daily production is impressive and the monthly target rate of 100,000 tonnes is being achieved. To this end, L&T has implemented special maintenance measures in conjunction with FAYAT India, which is now based on its new site in Delhi.

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