IGI: Government to set up 55 additional immigration counters at IGI airport | India News
NEW DELHI: The house ministry, initiating a time-bound train to chop the lengthy queues at Delhi Worldwide Airport throughout peak hours, has determined to arrange 55 further immigration counters, together with 20 that will likely be purposeful by the top of this month.
Sources mentioned the initiative to enhance immigration companies is not going to be restricted to the Delhi airport alone. “Extra immigration counters and manpower will likely be added within the coming days and months at different worldwide airports with excessive site visitors. All the immigration course of is more likely to be reviewed to make it smoother and faster. The trouble is to make the immigration desk at our airports a friendlier place for worldwide travellers. This can create “first impression” of India as a vacationer vacation spot,” mentioned a senior house ministry officer.
Of the brand new counters cleared for Delhi airport, 20 will likely be within the departure space whereas 35 shall serve foreigners arriving on digital visa. They’re scheduled to be all in place by January 2018, taking the overall variety of immigration kiosks on the Delhi airport to 130. Round 1,800 personnel will likely be introduced in to man the extra counters.
A gathering chaired by Union house secretary Rajiv Gauba on Wednesday and attended by senior officers of Delhi Worldwide Airport Ltd (DIAL) and Bureau of Immigration (BOI), and so on determined that 10 new immigration counters will likely be arrange by November 20 and an equal quantity added by January 2018.
To facilitate foreigners arriving on digital visas, 10 e-visa counters will likely be made purposeful by November 30, 2017. One other 25 e-visa counters will come up by January subsequent 12 months. “This can facilitate foreigners availing (of) digital visa which is turning into more and more common,” mentioned a house ministry official.
The measures to expedite immigration at Delhi worldwide airport are being initiated after current media studies pointed to lengthy queues and ready time throughout peak hours. Taking cognisance of the studies in addition to passengers’ grievances aired on social media, senior officers of the house ministry and BOI had visited the airport for an on-the-spot evaluation.
Primarily based on suggestions from the officers, the house secretary met officers of BOI, DIAL and Nationwide Informatics Centre on Wednesday to debate capability addition by means of measures resembling expertise upgradation, provision of recent tools, creation of further area for immigration counters, rising manpower, and so on.
“A much bigger assembly will likely be held within the close to future to debate replication of those measures for the nation’s different worldwide airports. Residence minister Rajnath Singh in notably eager on overhaul of the whole gamut of immigration companies,” mentioned an official.
Whereas DIAL will present further area for the immigration counters at Delhi airport, bureau of immigration (BOI) will present the manpower, computer systems, passport studying machines, net cameras and so on to make them purposeful.
BOI may even be offering further 1,800 personnel to enhance immigration companies at Delhi IGI Airport by filling up vacant posts and inducting personnel from the central armed police forces and likewise some ex-servicemen.