Monday, February 10, 2020

Consultant to maintain Chennai airport facade soon

Chennai: With summer approaching, Airports Authority of India (AAI) is drawing up plans to ensure that there are fewer incidents of the glass panel breaking at the Chennai airport.
The authority is looking at a consultant to do an audit and maintain the facade of the steel and glass terminals of the airport. The agency will check if the fixtures are good and whether they can withstand strong winds and squalls or thunderstorms, and to ensure that the air conditioning maintains the correct temperature so that the difference between temperatures — inside and outside the airport — do not break the glass. The terminals were opened in 2013.
A senior official said contracts would be awarded soon. Two agencies will look at the audit and the air conditioning. The work is part of the maintenance being planned for the building.
An AAI official said the steel and glass terminals withstood Cyclone Vardah in 2016 but the consultancy is required to ensure that the glass and the roofing will be strong enough to handle the changes in temperature.
“The glass facade was new to the city’s airport. Initially there were too many incidents of panels breaking because of impurities in the glass and also because the air conditioning was not consistent to balance the temperature within the terminal,” he added.
10/02/20 Times of India
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