Sunday, August 13, 2017

AAI suspends two engineers for potholes on runway

Ahmedabad: Following an inquiry, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) on Saturday suspended two engineers — Ravi Prakash and Rakesh Shah — for negligence in resurfacing work, leading to potholes on the runway of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport in the city, thrice in 23 days.
The runway was resurfaced in October last year at the cost of Rs 27 crore but got damaged in the recent rains. On July 26, patches and loose gravel emerged on both sides of the runway. On the same day, five flights were diverted and two got delayed due to the potholes.
Earlier on July 3 and July 12, potholes and patches had surfaced on the SVPI runway, due to which flights were suspended for up to five hours, causing major problems for passengers. After the third instance of damage to the runway, the AAI ordered a probe.
13/08/17 Ashish Chauhani/Times of India