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False ceiling collapses at  Dabolim airport

VASCO: A part of false ceiling collapsed onto CCTV monitoring unit at the new integrated terminal building of the Dabolim airport on Monday evening rendering the close circuit television (CCTV) cameras  installed there non-functional for some time.

Sources informed that the incident occurred at around 7.15 pm. A part of the false ceiling came crashing down onto the CCTV monitoring unit in the server room, located next to the check-in area.

The central industrial security personnel monitoring the server room escaped unhurt. The sources said that due to short circuit, power supply was disrupted in some parts of the terminal building.

Panic gripped the passengers and the airlines staff,  however, the situation was soon brought under control.

When contacted, CISF official said that “there was no casualty, and the passengers movement was normal.”

“It was a minor incident of false ceiling collapse,” added the CISF official.

The repair work of the false ceiling was taken up on a war footing by the AAI. The exact cause of false ceiling collapse was not known. Meanwhile, this is a third of such incident reported at  the new integrated terminal building, after it was commissioned some two and half years ago in December 2013.

Several passengers besides the airlines staff raised a serious concern over the incident.


‘I have asked Civil Aviation Minister to conduct inquiry’

VASCO: Dabolim Airport Advisory Committee chairman Narendra Sawaikar said that he has asked the Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajpati Raju to conduct an inquiry into the construction of new terminal building of the Dabolim airport and initiate appropriate action against contractor over   repetitive false ceiling collapsing incidents.

Speaking to this daily, Sawaikar, who is also South Goa MP, said that he would visit to the new integrated terminal building of the airport, and added that, “I had asked the Union Civil Aviation Minister Raju to conduct an inquiry into the incidents of collapse of false ceiling which were reported some months back.”

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