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Cyclonic storm over North TN : AAI says contingency plans ready


As the Deep Depression intensified into Cyclonic Storm

‘Mandous’, a meeting of Airport Authority of India (AAI) and various stakeholders

was held at the Chennai International Airport today to discuss the preparedness

following alert issued by the Indian Meteorological department (IMD).

Dr. V.R Durai, Director-IMD, Chennai Airport briefed the possible impact owing

to the cyclonic storm that is likely to prevail over Chennai for the next two days.

As per IMD forecasts, heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely

heavy rainfall at isolated places is very likely over north coastal Tamil Nadu,

Puducherry and adjoining south Coastal Andhra Pradesh and isolated heavy to

very heavy rainfall is likely to occur over north interior Tamil Nadu and adjoining

Rayalaseema from tomorrow.

Dr. Sharad Kumar, Airport Director said all the teams are kept on standby and

the contingency plan would be activated as the situation unfolds. The airport

team is ready for any emergency situation.

He also specifically emphasised on proper mooring of smaller aircraft and

securing Ground Handling equipment so that they do not move in heavy

winds or inclement weather, AAI sources said.

Briefing the stakeholders, S.S Raju, General Manager (Operations) said in

the event of operations being suspended on account of heavy cross wind

conditions non-scheduled operators will be asked to explore the possibility

of re-locating their aircrafts to a safer place outside the Chennai Airport as

a precautionary measure.

He said the in-house departments of AAI have clearly defined SOPs which

will be activated and monitored.

It was also decided to ensure stacking of adequate quantity of Food and

Beverage items in Airport Food Courts in case of an emergency.

Representatives from Airlines, GHAs, IMD, ATM Directorate, CNS Directorate,

Operations Directorate, Engineering Wings, Air Force, Coast Guard and all

concerned in-house departments of AAI were present in the meeting.

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