NEW DELHI: For initial forty eight hours of incessant rains in Chennai, the Coastline Guard could not utilise its plane stationed the Point out funds during the most ‘crucial’ period of time for rescue operations, as it was caught napping. All air belongings of Chennai air station, including five Dornier aircrafts and two Cheetah helicopters, ended up entirely submerged in drinking water.
It led to grounding of the entire 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 price practically `50 crore for its repairs.
This lapse on the element of maritime stability power intended that it had to call in from other air bases like Kochi, Kolkata and Bhubneswar for deploying them in reduction and rescue procedure in Chennai.
In accordance resources, incessant rains on the intervening night of December one-2 flooded the Coast Guard air foundation of Chennai, in which 5 Dornier plane and two Cheetah helicopters parked there had been fully watered. Calling it a comprehensive violation of Standard Functioning Treatment, essential officials of the Coast Guard assert that this sort of lapse could have been prevented.
“As weather warning was issued a working day in progress, these air property need to have been moved out to risk-free air bases like Arakoram, Bengaluru or Kochi. It is a gross violation of common operating procedure to take care of organic catastrophe like scenario,” a senior Coastline Guard officer stated.
In this regard, an inner be aware has been sent to the ministry of defence by the Chennai workplace of the Indian Coast Guard and probe is currently being ordered into the goof-up on the portion of the of its air upkeep wing of the Coast Guard.
Engineers of the HAL, which manufactures and maintains these plane, have presently inspected the loss and damage and they are considered to have offered an estimate near to `50 crore for repairs and to make them airworthy.
This has solid a shadow in excess of the exemplary operate done by the defence forces in aid and rescue operations in flood-hit regions of Tamil Nadu. Thousands of people had been airlifted by Coast Guard, Navy and IAF choppers included in the look for and rescue procedure and meals packets were air dropped to the inundated locations of Chennai.