NHRC Issues Notice to Airport Authority Over Falling Glass Panels

There have been 61 cases reported when a glass panel have fallen from the ceiling of Chennai airport since 2012

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About 61 incidents of glass panels falling down have been reported at Chennai airport. (Photo courtesy: TNM)

Its raining glasses at Chennai Airport. Believe it or not but according to a complaint lodged with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), 61 incidents of glass panels falling from the Chennai Airport’s ceiling have been reported in recent times. The airport was modernised as recently as 2012.

The NHRC has issued notices to the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation and Airports Authority of India based on the complaint.

Justice D Murugesan, who is also a member of the NHRC said that it is a cardinal duty of airline operators and airport authorities to ensure safety and security of passengers.

It is really surprising that despite 61 incidents of glass panels falling, the authorities appear to have not paid heed to the safety concerns of people. If the allegations levelled are true, the matter needs to be inquired into.
Justice D Murugesan, Member, National Human Rights Commission

Accordingly, the NHRC has issued notices to the Secretary, Union Ministry of Civil Aviation and Chairman, Airports Authority of India seeking detailed reports in the matter.

According to the complaint received by the Commission on 4 April, the Chennai Airport was fully modernised in 2012 and within six months of the renovation, the ceiling of the terminal had fallen down, which continued to happen. Due to this, there is a continuous fear amongst travellers, employees etc. The quality of construction at the Chennai Airport and its sustainability is questionable, highlighted the report.

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