Chennai airport glass ceiling shatters for 63rd time

The ‘shattering of the glass ceiling’ is taking on a literal meaning in Chennai, where passengers and employees at the domestic airport are getting a taste of the phenomenon.

For the 63rd time since the new domestic terminal was inaugurated in 2013, glass ceiling  panelschennai collapsed once again on Monday. .

Fortunately, no injuries were reported in the latest incident. Thirteen people have so far been injured in previous incidents.

After the 61st incident, S. K. Saamy, a Supreme Court lawyer filed a petition with the National Human Rights Commission, terming it as an atrocity. The NHRC issued a notice in April to the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Airport Authority of India, asking them for explanations

Saamy stated in his petition that there had been more than three such incidents in the first six months of the airport’s inauguration. A duty officer from the Airport Authority of India (AAI) and three private airline employees sustained injuries due to falling glass panels in 2014.

“It is really surprising that despite 61 incidents of glass fall, the authorities appear to have not paid heed to the safety concerns of people. If the allegations levelled are true, the matter needs to be inquired into,” Justice D Murugesan a member of the NHRC said.- CINEWS

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