On 14 July
2006, a young life was lost at Ahmedabad Airport due to what can only
be termed as criminal negligence on the part of those to whom the
maintenance of AAI Quarters there have been entrusted to.
It was on 6 July 2006, that 12
year old Miss Kasturi Dubey, daughter of Mr. K K Dubey, ATCO at
Ahmedabad Airport was playing on the roof of her AAI Quarter
blissfully unaware of the dangers lurking in the conduit wiring that
runs through the place. She received a massive electrical shock when
she happened to touch the conduit. After battling for her life at the
hospital, she passed away on 14 July.
The electrical wirings in the AAI
Quarters at Ahmedabad are shabby and unmaintained. To our horror we
found that even as basic a tool as an MCB (Circuit Breakers) has not
been installed in these quarters. The AAI, which spends crores in
installation of all kinds of gadgets to improve flight safety, cannot
be bothered to spend a few rupees for the safety of its employees and
The ATC Guild (India) expected
that in the least the Airport Director at Ahmedabad will order an
immediate enquiry into the incident to fix the responsibility and
blame for this tragic incident. But to our shock we found that even
after 12 days have passed the Airport Director did not find the
incident gruesome enough to deserve an enquiry. Clearly, he will not
do so unless a direction comes to him from the AAI headquarters. Maybe
he is thinking that since he and his official bungalow is well cared
for, the lives of lesser mortals who work under him and their families
are expendable and their deaths are not something that deserves to be
This incident reflects the depths
that AAI has sunk to as far as caring for its employees and their
Immediate direction to institute
a time-bound enquiry by a team from the AAI Headquarters with a view
to fix responsibility and punish the guilty.
Find out the reason as to why the
Airport Director has failed to institute an enquiry despite requests
to this effect.
Fix responsibility and punish the
guilty for this criminal negligence leading to the death in this
If the Guild
does not witness activities on the lines mentioned above within a
week, it will be forced to institute legal action against the guilty
and to obtain exemplary compensation for the distressed family.