Friday, September 01, 2017

Chandigarh International Airport: IAF turns down Captain Amarinder Singh’s request on relaxation in watch hours

Chandigarh: Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s request regarding relaxation in the watch hours by one hour from October 3 at the Chandigarh International Airport has been turned down by the Indian Air Force (IAF) saying that it cannot be further reduced, as the watch hours for the runway upgradation decided for the airport is “bare minimum” to ensure quality of work.
“The request of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Punjab regarding relaxation in the watch hours by one hour was also discussed in the meeting and the IAF official informed that resurfacing work requires minimum 14 hours of ensuring the quality of work. In this case the working hour is already a minimum of 13 hours which is bare minimum and it cannot be further reduced,” the IAF said in a meeting held in New Delhi last week following the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The representatives of Ministry of Defence, IAF, Home Ministry, government of Punjab, Haryana, Air India and other organisations attended the meet.
Starting from October 3, IAF will start the runway upgradation at the Chandigarh Airport. According to the minutes of meeting held last week, IAF said that from October 3, the revised operating window for civil operations would be from 5 am to 3 pm till October 31, 2017, and from November 1, 2017, to 31 March, 2018, it will be from 5 am to 4 pm.
“The runway will remain closed for resurfacing work from 1600 hrs till next day morning 0500 hrs from Monday to Saturday. There would be no flying operations on Sunday. A review for operating window from 1 April 2018 onwards will be done in the month of February 2018 depending upon the progress of work,” the minutes of the meeting noted, adding that upgradation work, according to IAF, would be completed on August 31, 2019.
01/09/17 Indian Express