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Issues taken up with management - 2006

 

CC/ACC/2006/4

19 July 2006

The Chairman

Airports Authority of India

Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan

New Delhi

Criminal negligence by AAI at Ahmedabad Airport

Sir,

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 their families!
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 probed.
This incident reflects the depths that AAI has sunk to as far as caring for its employees and their families go.

The Guild demands:

  1. 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.

  2. Find out the reason as to why the Airport Director has failed to institute an enquiry despite requests to this effect.

  3. Fix responsibility and punish the guilty for this criminal negligence leading to the death in this tragic incident.

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.

With Regards,

D K Behera
General Secretary

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