Airports secure solely on paper: Experts

Mukesh Ranjan

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9

Shorter runways at…

  • Jammu, Shimla, Kullu, Leh, Patna, Mangalore, Calicut, Aizawl and Agartala

Accusing the federal government and civil aviation authorities of not having learnt classes from previous mishaps, most not too long ago the Kozhikode airport crash, sector specialists say a number of airstrips, together with Jammu and Patna, are liable to accidents.

Air security skilled Capt Mohan Ranganathan instructed The Tribune many airports are “safe only on paper” as audits usually are not achieved as per the nationwide and worldwide norms.

He says: “I had warned the authorities in 2011 that the runway at Kozhikode airport is unsafe and needs to be re-evaluated, especially in wet conditions.”

Lack of compliance

Audits are largely achieved on paper. The DGCA points show-cause notices, however these are seldom adopted up. No motion is taken for non-compliance. — Capt Mohan Ranganathan, Air Safety Expert

People concerned within the processes must be held accountable. In case of non-compliance of the protection norms, the authorities ought to shut down such airports or droop operations until the norms are met, he says, including solely then will such airports get up and act.

Lawyer and aviation security activist Yashwanth Shenoy blames the DGCA for the prevailing state of affairs. “The DGCA is the biggest violator of norms. It has been headed by an IAS officer who knows nothing about aviation. Nowhere in the world are administrators appointed civil aviation regulators.” A former DGCA official says airports must observe the norms set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

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