The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the secretary, Union ministry of civil aviation and chairman, Airports Authority of India (AAI) on a complaint that the Chennai airport, despite having been modernised in 2012, has witnessed 61 incidents of glass-fall in recent times, endangering the safety of travellers, and without any substantive action being taken by the authorities concerned.
Justice D Murugesan, member, NHRC, has observed that providing safety and security to the passengers was one of the cardinal duties of the airline operators and also of the airport authorities.
Further, the quality and standard of construction of the airports should be according to the required safety standards.
“It is really surprising that despite 61 incidents of glass-fall, the authorities appear to have not paid heed to the safety concerns of the people. If the allegations levelled are true, the matter needs to be inquired into,” he said.
According to the complaint received in the commission on April 4, 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 was a continuous fear amongst travellers and employees. According to the complaint, the quality of construction at the airport and its sustainability were questionable.