Nationwide Airport Safety Audit Initiated After Delhi Terminal 1 Incident: Minister Mohol

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Reported by Tikam Shekhawat

New Delhi, 28th June 2024: An incident unfolded at Terminal 1 of the Delhi airport today as the roof collapsed, prompting swift action from authorities and resulting in significant disruptions. Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Murlidhar Mohol, along with Civil Aviation Minister Ram Mohan Naidu, spearheaded emergency measures following the disaster.

“I inspected the roof collapse site of Terminal 1 of the Delhi airport,” stated MoS Civil Aviation Murlidhar Mohol. “Key decisions have been put into action to address the situation.”

The aftermath of the collapse saw immediate efforts to attend to the injured, with all necessary medical attention being provided. Tragically, casualties were reported, and compensation measures have been announced—INR 20 lakh for the families of the deceased and INR 3 lakh for the injured.

In the interest of passenger safety, flights and all services at Terminal 1 have been suspended until 2 PM. However, operations at Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 of the airport remain unaffected and continue to function normally.

In response to the incident, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has been tasked with conducting a high-level inquiry to ascertain the cause of the collapse and to prevent future occurrences. Airlines operating from Terminal 1 have been directed to issue refunds or arrange alternate flights for affected passengers.

Furthermore, as a precautionary measure, all other airports across the country will undergo detailed structural inspections to ensure safety standards are met, Mohol stated.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is closely monitoring the situation and has been briefed on the developments at the Delhi airport. His office has emphasized the need for swift action and comprehensive support for the affected individuals and their families, he added.