Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Mock drill for disaster preparedness held at Srinagar airport




Advisory committee, Srinagar International Airport, has stressed for upgrading the infrastructure at the aerodrome to ensure better disaster preparedness.

The committee in its recent meeting at the airport premises— first since 2018—discussed among other issues the need for a heavy crane at the airport for moving disabled aircrafts if any.

AAC chairman Dr Farooq Abdullah chaired the meeting in the capacity of Member of Parliament from Srinagar constituency.

The meeting was informed that there was no heavy crane available at the airport and a 100 tonne crane was required so that in case there was an aircraft tyre burst or any other emergency, the disabled aircrafts can be moved.

“In the past, whenever we have had tyre bursts we have used two to three small cranes which is not effective,” an airline executive informed the meeting.

As per the minutes of the meeting, it was suggested that J&K administration “must provide a heavy crane as and when needed in times of exigency at the airport.”

Speaking with Greater Kashmir, acting Director, Srinagar Airport, Suresh Paul said as a follow up to the AAC meeting, a mock drill for disaster preparedness was held at the airport premises on Tuesday.

14/10/20 Saqib Malik/Grater Kashmir

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