Around 55 additional immigration counters will be opened at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport and 1,800 more personnel will be deployed by January 2018 to deal with rising passenger traffic. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba.
The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) will provide space for at least 10 more immigration counters at departure area by November 15 while additional space will be provided for another 10 immigration counters to be functional by January 2018.
The Bureau of Immigration (BOI) will provide manpower and other equipment like passport reading machines, computers, web cameras etc to make these counters functional by November 20.
At least 10 e-Visa counters would be made functional for electronic visa facility for foreigners by November 30. Another 25 counters for e-visa facility will be made functional by January 2018.
The BOI will provide additional manpower of 1,800 personnel for improving immigration services by filling up vacant posts.
Various measures including technology upgradation, provision of modern equipment, additional space, professional manpower etc were discussed at the meeting attended by senior Home Ministry officers, Bureau of Immigration (BOI), National Informatics Centre (NIC) and Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL).
There has been a 30 per cent increase in international passengers at the Delhi airport in the last two years, with serpentine queues at the immigration desks.
The government has a policy to encourage foreigners to come to India for tourism, medical tourism, business, studies etc and several initiatives have been taken to improve visa and immigration services to provide the guests a pleasant experience, the official said.
The decisions will substantially improve immigration services at Delhi airport which will facilitate not only foreigners coming to India, but also Indian travellers visiting abroad, he said.