MP Shankar Lalwani arrived at the Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport on Saturday to take stock of the security arrangements
MP Shankar Lalwani arrived at the Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport on Saturday to take stock of the security arrangements

Indore: In the wake of the heart-wrenching Air india crash in Kozikode's table top runway, Free Press embarked on a task to scan the safety aspects at the Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport of the city. The only International and busiest airport of the State is facing serious safety lapses as it does not have an approach road. This has to be built by the city administration and its plays a vital role in ferrying assistance in case of an aviation emergency.

WHY IS IT REQUIRED

As per BCAS rules, this road must be constructed ASAP to provide easy access to ambulance and fire-tenders.

Aryama Sanyal, Airport Director, informed that currently, at point 07 (close to Aerodrome Road Police Station), where aircraft landing is initiated, there is an approach road, but at point 02 (end of the runway located at Hinkargiri hill) and behind the airport, close to Sirpur and Chandan Nagar area, there is no perimeter wall or approach road, instead the spot has agriable land and residential plots. The need to build an approach road was raised at the meeting of the Anti-High Jacking Committee held on July 15 under the

chairmanship of District Collector Manish Singh. It may be noted that the District Administraion has to build this "lifeline".

MP Lalwani assures to take up matter with District Admin

MP Shankar Lawani along with SDM Rajesh Rathore and Airport Director Aryama Sanyal inspected the area where the approach road has to be built. He expressed the need to prepare such a facility soon especially following the unfortunate mishap at kerala. MP Lalwani assured that he will take up the matter before the District

Administration shortly and also speak to the State Government for the land required for the extension of runway.

City airport has upgraded safety equipments

In the context of the Kozhikode crash tragedy, Free Press, in its attempt to find out the airpost's safety prepe aredness, spoke to Captain Mandar Mahajan, Chief Flying Instructor of MP Flying Club on Saturday. Captain Mahajan stated that as per the present frequency of the air traffic and weather conditions of the city, safety equipment installed at the city airport was of global standards. Even Cat-1 Instrumental Landing System (ILS)

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