NEW DELHI: For first 48 several hours of incessant rains in Chennai, the Coastline Guard could not utilise its aircraft stationed the Point out cash during the most ‘crucial’ period for rescue functions, as it was caught napping. All air assets of Chennai air station, which includes 5 Dornier aircrafts and two Cheetah helicopters, ended up fully submerged in h2o.
It led to grounding of the complete fleet of Chennai air foundation and preliminary assessment of the hurt suggests that that it will take nearly 6 months to operationalise them. And it will cost almost `50 crore for its repairs.
This lapse on the element of maritime protection power intended that it experienced to call in from other air bases like Kochi, Kolkata and Bhubneswar for deploying them in reduction and rescue procedure in Chennai.
In accordance sources, incessant rains on the intervening evening of December 1-2 flooded the Coast Guard air foundation of Chennai, in which five Dornier aircraft and two Cheetah helicopters parked there had been fully watered. Contacting it a full violation of Standard Running Process, essential officers of the Coast Guard claim that such lapse could have been prevented.
“As weather conditions warning was issued a working day in progress, these air belongings need to have been moved out to risk-free air bases like Arakoram, Bengaluru or Kochi. It is a gross violation of normal functioning process to take care of normal disaster like circumstance,” a senior Coast Guard officer mentioned.
In this regard, an internal note has been despatched to the ministry of defence by the Chennai place of work of the Indian Coastline Guard and probe is currently being purchased into the goof-up on the element of the of its air upkeep wing of the Coastline Guard.
Engineers of the HAL, which manufactures and maintains these aircraft, have presently inspected the reduction and harm and they are believed to have presented an estimate shut to `50 crore for repairs and to make them airworthy.
This has cast a shadow in excess of the exemplary function completed by the defence forces in aid and rescue operations in flood-strike locations of Tamil Nadu. Thousands of people were airlifted by Coastline Guard, Navy and IAF choppers included in the search and rescue procedure and food packets have been air dropped to the inundated areas of Chennai.