Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Uninterrupted services at Visakhapatnam Airport

Visakhapatnam: A decade back, Visakhapatnam Airport used to get submerged quite frequently whenever heavy rains lashed the city. But what seems to be a major change now is that the flight services continue sans any interruption. One of the main reasons for the airport experiencing inundation problem is the presence of Meghadrigedda reservoir which is nearer to the airport. After a long time, the terminal got inundated, causing difficulty to the passengers to wade through the flooded water both inside and outside the premises.

In the past 24 hours, Visakhapatnam Airport registered 27-cm of rainfall. Even when cyclone Hudhud ravaged the city in October 2014, Visakhapatnam did not witness such heavy rainfall as it had during Gulab. After a long time, waterlogging problem recurred at the airport as the three gates of Meghadrigedda reservoir were lifted to clear the flow of the rainwater. Currently, the authorities concerned have taken up the exercise of releasing 16,000 cusecs of water from the reservoir. As a result, airport area, Sheela Nagar and other neighbouring places were inundated.

29/09/21 Rani Devalla/Hans India

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