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NEW DELHI: The roof of a terminal building at New Delhi’s international airport partially collapsed in heavy rain early Friday morning, killing one person, rescue workers said, months after a renovation project was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Images posted online showed vehicles crushed under giant steel girders in the departure forecourt of the airport’s Terminal 1, one of several projects Modi celebrated in March ahead of the country’s recent general election.
“Due to heavy rain since early morning, part of the canopy… collapsed around 5 am,” airport authorities said in a statement.
The terminal is used only for domestic flights. Departures from it were canceled until the early afternoon, later flights were redirected to other terminals, which operated as usual.
Infrastructure spending has been a priority for Modi, and Delhi’s airport – named after assassinated former prime minister Indira Gandhi – is one of the country’s flagship projects.
The opposition Congress party slammed Modi and said in a statement, “Due to the elections, this half-completed terminal was inaugurated in haste. This accident happened today.”
The Congress defied expectations and polls to deprive Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of its overall parliamentary majority in elections earlier this month, forcing the BJP into a coalition with allies.
The Delhi airport is operated by a consortium led by the Indian company GMR, which claims to be the second largest operator of private airports in the world. He is also interested in energy and highways.
Reports say she gave millions of dollars to an electoral trust that donated tens of millions to Modi’s ruling BJP — and also funded the Congress, albeit on a much smaller scale.
Senior Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi – sister of opposition leader Rahul – posted on social media X: “Will the Chief Inaugural Minister take responsibility for this bad construction work and this corrupt model?”
Civil Aviation Minister Ram Mohan Naidu Kinjarapu told reporters at the airport that the building inaugurated by Modi was not the one where the roof collapsed, which was inaugurated in 2009.
“Eight people are injured, one is dead. Rescue operations have been completed,” Atul Garg, director of the Delhi Fire Service, told AFP.

Part of the roof at Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur airport – another project inaugurated by Modi – also collapsed on Friday, with no one injured.
Safety and building standards remain an issue in India, with accidents occurring regularly.
At least 20 workers were crushed to death when a crane collapsed on top of an under-construction expressway outside the financial capital of Mumbai earlier this month.
Last year, more than 40 laborers were trapped for nearly two weeks before being rescued after a road tunnel they were working on collapsed in Uttarakhand.
In October 2022, more than 130 people died when a bridge in Gujarat collapsed shortly after it was repaired.
Delhi has been lashed by heavy rains in recent days as the annual monsoon arrived in the Indian capital after a long stretch of scorching heat and punishingly high temperatures.
Torrential rain brought the city to a standstill, with images shared by city police showing staff clearing trees and helping residents stranded in waterlogged areas.

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