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Issues taken up with management - 2006

 

CC/OPR-MAN/2006/1

24 February 2006

The Member (Operations)
Airports Authority of India
Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan
New Delhi

Sectorisation of Varanasi TMA and its fall-out

Sir,

You may kindly recall that despite acute shortage of manpower, the Air Traffic Controllers actively participated in sectorisation of Varanasi TMA. It was due to their diligence that the project was carried out in December 2005. The Guild despite its apprehensions supported the project in larger interest of civil aviation.

At the time of initiation the management promised that four additional ATC Officers will be deputed on tour / transfer for the intervening period and actual requirement will be met in the transfer season.

Since then, the AAI management seems to have washed its hands off the project and is consequently not concerned about the actual scenario where the poor Controllers are being forced to perform double duties every fourth day and that too after commuting 140 km. in a day. Also, the basic infrastructure like FDPS, optimal functional VHF, furniture, rest rooms are not yet in place. Needless to point out that this is resulting in serious fatigue to the Controllers which are not only dangerous to their health but the consequences on the traveling publicís safety are too grave even to contemplate.

ATC Guild has been requesting the management throughout but the unconcerned AAI management is not paying any heed. It will not be out of context to mention here that similar promises proved false while extending the watch hours at Mangalore to 24 hours.

It is not only regrettable that the management is routinely making such false promises to the Controllers but is also highly demotivating. The Guild hopes that the management recognizes the effect of demotivated Controllers on safety of the Aircraft.

ATC Guild (India) will be forced to issue a warning to the traveling public about the effect of exhausted Controllers at Varanasi on their safety if the management continues to ignore its request to immediately depute 4 additional Controllers at Varanasi or alternately, combine the two sectors into one.

With Regards,

R K Singh
General Secretary

 

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