Wednesday, September 29, 2021

False ceiling chunk falls off at Kolkata airport

Kolkata: A 3ft false ceiling chunk made of light-weight gypsum board and an accompanying aluminium cladding beside the entrance to a toilet in the departure terminal of the Kolkata airport came crashing down at 10am on Tuesday, leaving an airline crew startled and another passenger thanking his lucky stars that it did not fall on him and cause an injury.

Sources said the terminal false ceiling that is now eight-year old needs to be thoroughly checked and emergency repairs and replacement carried out to prevent a mishap.

“As a facility like an airport terminal ages, maintenance will go up. Sections will have to be inspected more frequently and corrective measures taken to ensure both safety and aesthetics. An airport is the first point of contact for anyone who comes to the city and if he or she sees it in a poor condition, it leaves a bad impression,” said a corporate executive who frequently uses the airport and has been noticing the problem area,s including poor maintenance of toilets.

29/09/21 Subhro Niyogi & Tamaghna Banerjee/Times of India

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