Friday, April 09, 2021

Jammu and Kashmir: AAI for strict observance of COVID SOPs at Srinagar Airport

Srinagar:  A 4-member Airport Premises Committee (APC) has been formed at the Srinagar International Airport to ensure that Covid-19 guidelines are followed by the flyers.

As per an order issued by the Director, Airports Authority of India (AAI), Srinagar the APC comprising two AAI officials, one Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel and one official from a private airline have been asked to ensure that passengers at the Srinagar Airport wear the protective facemask and follow social distancing.

It may be mentioned that the terminal building, where the passengers check in and check out, and the apron area, where an aircraft is parked at the Srinagar Airport are controlled by the AAI. As per the AAI order, a station manager of a private airline has been designated as the chairman of the APC while an official from the Covid-19 team of the AAI and the airport terminal manager have been made part of the committee.

Speaking with Greater Kashmir, Director, AAI, Srinagar, Santosh Dhoke said the APC has been formed after guidelines issued by the Aviation Ministry.

Dhoke said the committee has been making surprise checks inside the airport terminal for the last two days.

“The committee members have been trying to create awareness on importance of facemasks and social distancing among travellers. In case any of the passengers shows resistance to wear facemask, a fine of Rs 500 will be imposed on the violators,” Dhoke said.

Dhoke said that in view of the increase in the number of flights to and from Srinagar, the number of booths conducting Covid-19 tests have been increased from 10 last month to 20 now.

“We have staff working in two shifts at the testing booths as there are flights operating till 8 pm now,” Dhoke said.

It may be mentioned that Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir Pandurang K Pole had last month directed the Deputy Director (P&S ) to have adequate NYC and NSS volunteers for crowd control at Srinagar Airport.

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