The condition of Dabolim International Airport is deteriorating by the day, the recent collapse of false ceiling at the newly constructed terminal and Locking of fire exit has created panic amongst the travelers. There were also numerous complaints about the inconvenient caused to the passengers at the new terminal building in absence of proper sanitation facility due to open discharge of sewage water, no cleanliness, stinking toilets, soiled carpets, non-functional air conditioning system and highly arrogant non co-operative staff.
Taking the serious note of this pathetic situation at the lone airport of Goa, government finally decided to look into the matter seriously. According to the available information the state governments has written to the Airport Authority of India (AAI) take a look into the matter and improve the situation at the terminal. Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has told the media that he will soon write a letter to DO (Demi-Official) and convene a combine meeting of AAI officials and members of the airport advisory committee within one month to discuss over this issue.
Chief Minister was replying to the question of Dabolim MLA, Mauvin Godinho, during the question hour in the ongoing assembly session, he expressed his concerned over the safety of the passengers at the terminal following the recent collapse of false ceiling. The CM agreed that there is an urgent need to review the situation of the terminal after looking into the infrastructure and facilities available over there. Godinho expressed his concern over the poor quality of work done at new terminal at Goa airport. He said that “the new terminal building is not up to the standard” and that nobody has taken the responsibility of false ceiling collapse at the new terminal. Constructed at the cost of Rs 345 crore, the new terminal building inaugurated in 2013, is capable of handling peak hour passenger traffic of 2,750 at a time.
Chief Minister who also holds the airport portfolio said that after the collapse of false ceiling which resulted into the injury of two passengers his government is not going to remain silent, only writing of the letter will not be sufficient anymore but they will need to take some serious steps in this regards. He also called Godinho as “a part of us” (BJP) and assured the house that the grid separator which is being constructed by GSIDC (Goa State Infrastructure Development Corp.) will complete by June 2017.
Talking out of the way of the present subject Parsekar mentioned that he will also provide the amicable solution to the problems faced by the taxi operators at the Airport as well as Rent-A-Cab association by taking all stakeholders into the confidence. “I will sort out all their issues after the end of the monsoon session of the state legislative assembly by taking the respective local MLAs into confidence,” he said.
Now since CM himself decided to intervene into the matter let’s hope that the problems faced by the passengers as well as others at the Dabolim Airport will get sorted out soon. But isn’t the Prevention would have been better than the cure? Please do not forget to leave your valuable comments and suggestions on this issue.