The Member (Operations)
Airports Authority of India
Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan
Sectorisation of Varanasi
TMA and its fall-out
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.
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
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.
R K Singh
Copy to: The Chairman, Airports Authority of India