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Roof Collapse at Delhi Airport Amid Heavy Rains: One Dead, Several Injured

Roof Collapse at Delhi Airport Amid Heavy Rains: One Dead, Several Injured

A roof collapse at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport has resulted in one fatality and eight injuries. The incident occurred early Friday morning at Terminal 1, primarily used by low-cost carriers IndiGo and SpiceJet for domestic flights.

The collapse, triggered by heavy rains, also damaged cars in the pick-up and drop-off area. The airport area received about 148.5mm of rain over three hours, exceeding the average for June.

Flights at Terminal 1 were suspended until 2 PM as emergency personnel provided assistance. The collapse happened in an older section of the terminal, opened in 2009, and not part of a recent refurbishment project inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. An inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause.

The incident has raised concerns about construction quality and safety standards in India’s infrastructure projects. Opposition politicians criticized the Prime Minister, accusing him of prioritizing rapid development over safety. Aviation analyst Ameya Joshi emphasized the need for thorough audits of existing infrastructure to prevent such accidents.

This event is part of a broader pattern of infrastructure issues in India, highlighting the challenges of balancing rapid development with safety and quality.

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